When loading up Microsoft Flight Simulator for the first time, pretty much everyone does the same thing - attempt to find their own house. Jumping into the World Map can be pretty daunting and you may be lead to believe you'll need to find a nearby airport and fly the rest of the way, but it's actually a lot simpler than that.
We've put together a short and sweet guide filled with visual aids to help speed up the process and get you into checking out the lovely vistas as fast as possible.
How To Find Your House In Microsoft Flight Simulator
Step 1: Use Google Maps
The first thing you're going to want to do is find your house on Google Maps. It's simple. Just pop in your postcode / zip code and you'll be given a red pin on the map.
Next, what you're going to want to do is right-click the red pin and you'll see some coordinates. For the purpose of this guide we've used the happiest place on Earth, Disney World! Either jot them down or take a screenshot of these numbers - you're going to need them.
Step 2: Go To The World Map On Microsoft Flight Simulator
Once you've finally loaded up the game and got to the main menu, you'll have to visit the WORLD MAP. It's the top-right option in the menu and gives you an overview of the entire globe.
Here, you'll see all the airports you can visit, along with key landmarks to start from. But don't select any of these just yet, as you're going to need those numbers you just took note of.
Step 3: Use The Search Bar
In the top left corner of the WORLD MAP screen is a search bar. Here, you're going to want to input the numbers you found, exactly as they read. This includes using all punctuation such as full stops, commas and hyphens.
Once input, confirm the coordinates and an option will drop down under the headline CUSTOM. Select this and you're almost there.
Step 4: Set An Arrival And Destination Point
Once selected, your location should appear on the map. You may have to find where you live roughly on the globe if it doesn't automatically take you there, but it's not too hard.
From here, click the location and select it as a departure point, and then choose anywhere else for an arrival location. Once this is done, select FLY in the bottom-right corner and you'll be good to go!
It really is as simple as that. While the menus and interface of Microsoft Flight Simulator may be confusing, it looks more intimidating than it actually is. You can use this method for a variety of other locations too, so if you want to check out somewhere in particular, be sure to use this method!
Be sure to check out our guide on everything you need to know about Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox, and prepare yourself for lift off.