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How To Use Google Maps

Published at 03/03/2012 01:29:09


Google Maps is a common household name and one of the top maps that are used for everything from getting directions, going shopping or maybe even finding nearby food options. Google maps will even let you take a look at viewing the surface of the moon. How cool is that? You should know how to properly use Google maps so you can get the most potential out of the Google maps system. Here are a few ways that you can get the best experience possible when using Google maps.


Step 1

You should always try to be very location specific when searching on Google maps. You will have a better chance of finding what address you’re looking for by typing exactly what it is you are searching for on to the Google maps. Google maps is a useful tool to have when you are wanting to see how far a certain address is located from you, or to get driving directions to this address. Google maps are available online and also on smartphones.




Step 2

If you are trying to find a gas station, all you will need to do is type the word "gas" into the Google map system. Looking for gas nearby can be especially handy if you have the Google maps app downloaded on your cellphone. Once you have found the location that you are looking for you can get a mapped out directions, save for later, or search near this specific location on the map.

Also, you are able to drag the icon which looks like a man into the map for a street view of where you are trying to get to. This especially helps on a road trip.

Step 3

There are several shortcut keys that you can use when on Google maps on your computer. You can use the arrow keys that are on your computers keyboard to view North, East, South, or West by using the up, down, right, and left arrow on your computer. If you want to venture farther out, use your "page down" or "page up" keys on your keyboard to move North or South.

Step 4

If you hit the "end" key you will go to the far East, and if you use the "home" key you will hop West. The plus or minus keys on your keyboard will help you to zoom in or out on your view.

Step 5

If you are using an iPhone there is a program that you can download called "search in-between". You will add this program to your Google map program and then select it. Type the exact location that you are searching (example:food) for and then add the location and the "end point" or where you want your destination to end up at.

By using this program you will get every food spot between your current location and where your final destination is to end up at. This program is most useful when you are traveling with the family, as you can do "restrooms", "gas" and any other thing that you may be able to think of.

If you have an iPhone, you are able to use your extensions with Google or FireFox. Using this will allow you simple access if you are wanting to find a previous destination that you used.



When using a cellphone for locations, never use while driving. If you need to add, change, or remove a location finder from your phone always pull over to the side of the road out of the way of harm.



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