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FIND box - change default tab from Place/Data to Address?
countyman
I use Microsoft Streets and Trips in a police patrol car environment where I look up houses I am dispatched to several times a day. It would be nice if I could type an address into the search box on the toolbar and have it go straight to Address tab, but nine times out of ten it plots the address in the Place/Data tab and shows me a census tract on the other side of the country. Then I have to Ctrl/Copy the address and paste it into the correct box in the correct tab. I know Microsoft is terrible for giving users a lot of customizable options and Streets & Trips seems particularly bad in that way. Anyone know of a way to work around this? Thanks.
SpadesFlush
Welcome the the Forum, Countyman!

I can appreciate your concerns and agree this is an area that could be improved.

It might be better to avoid the search box in the toolbar altogether and go straight to the Find box by hitting Ctrl-F (or Alt-T,-F or mouse to it on the drop-down under Tools) and typing in the address there, either with the town or ZIP box filled in. At the least, this eliminates the redunancy of having to enter the address twice. Note that entries in these boxes will be 'remembered' so that it will prompt a type-ahead suggestion the next time you start entering the same contents.
countyman
Thanks Spades. That is sort of what I end up doing at times, but had not thought of using the Ctrl-F. The only problem with that workaround is in fact because of the memory "feature". The last address is already in the box, so I have to just type in the new street address - great except for when the new address has a different city and zip code than the last one (not infrequent in my large unincorporated county district) then I have to erase the remembere data.

Its a small hassle in the big scheme of life, but one that Microsoft could easily have avoided with a simple checkbox in the Options menu.
SpadesFlush
Agree. Another thing that might be nice would be if the Search would be limited to area of the map visible in the window only.
Larry
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It would be nice if I could type an address into the search box on the toolbar and have it go straight to Address tab, but nine times out of ten it plots the address in the Place/Data tab and shows me a census tract on the other side of the country.
Great question Countyman. I hope I can help. What are you typing into the search box? The reason I ask is:
  • if an exact match is found you'll get a pushpin on the map. Example: try "130 Peachtree St SW, Atlanta" (direct find)
  • If there are several possible matches then you will see the Find dialog pop up with the Address tab showing. Example: 123 Peachtree, Atlanta. (shows disambiguator with all the SW, NE, Ave, ST variants to choose from)
  • if Streets doesn't recognize your search as an address then it goes to the Find dialog with the places tab showing. Example: countyman
  • if it has no idea what you typed in then it shows the Address search not found dialog. Example: 444444444
If dispatch give you a Street address maybe you just need to add ",city" or ", State" or ", Province" to help it out.
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