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MapsTask.Show Method

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Shows the Maps application centered at the location specified with the Center property or at the user’s current location. If SearchTerm is set, locations matching the search term are tagged on the map.

Namespace:  Microsoft.Phone.Tasks
Assembly:  Microsoft.Phone (in Microsoft.Phone.dll)


Public Sub Show
public void Show()


You must set the center location, a search term, or both before calling Show. Calling Show without setting either of these values will throw an InvalidOperationException.

The Bing Maps application will not be launched if the device is in a location where it is not supported. Instead, a dialog will be displayed to the user indicating that Maps is unavailable in their location.

This method may throw one of the following exceptions.


Center and SearchTerm cannot both be empty.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0

See Also


MapsTask Class

Microsoft.Phone.Tasks Namespace

Other Resources

Launchers and Choosers for Windows Phone 8

How to use the Maps task for Windows Phone 8