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Getting started guide

Map Maker interface

Here's the basic layout of the Map Maker interface:

  1. Viewport: The viewport is the map that you currently see.
  2. Navigation controls: Zoom in and out or move around the map. You can also click and drag to move the viewport.
  3. Street View: An orange pegman indicates that street-level imagery is available. A grey pegman indicates that it's not available.
  4. Left panel: The left panel displays information about updates, edits and directions related to the current action you're performing. 
  5. Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to add new places, lines, outlines, or features. You can also use it to browse or edit existing features.
  6. Search bar: Find businesses, schools, and other places of interest.
  7. Settings: The settings menu lets you to quickly access important links like your profile or your Map Maker settings. 
  8. Location bar: See your current location based on the area represented by the viewport. You may need to zoom in to view this information.
  9. Layers: Hover over the widget in the righthand corner of the map to view available layers for your location, such as satellite, map, photos, and pending roads or places. 
  10. Overlays: Add your own maps and images on top of the regular map.
  11. Map contributors: Hover your mouse pointer over the contributors' names in the right bottom corner of the viewport to view stats for top contributors to an area.
  12. Info window: When you click a feature, an info window will appear that displays additional information.

Overview of the left panel

The left panel is a multi-functional workplace that allows you to view and review feature details, submit new details, or edit existing ones. It includes the following features:

  • The My Neighborhood tab helps you add, monitor and review features in your neighborhood or a list of Suggested Neighborhoods. Learn how to add neighborhoods.
  • The Current Map View helps you to monitor and review changes made to your current map view.
  • The My Activities tab shows your recent feature/edit submissions and their current status.
  • The Manage Neighborhoods section helps you to update the neighborhoods you follow.
  • The Search Results tool displays a list of features as and when you search for a feature.

Markers on the map

Markers appear in Google Map Maker to indicate a particular location or address on the map.

        The location of a published place or address on Map Maker
The location that's pending review
The starting point and destination point for a route when you request directions
A published place when you browse the map
The location of pending places when you browse the map
The location of line features such as roads, rivers, railways, and trails
The point where one section of a linear feature connects with a neighboring section
The location where a line feature ends
A feature that has been removed from the map, or the previous location of a place
The accuracy of a place on the map, which is either "Coarse" or "Very rough"


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