Google Maps overview

Use the map to search, explore, and find your way around the world. The more you interact with the map, the more it's tailored to you.

Learn how the map works

The legend below shows 10 ways you can use Google Maps. Not all features are available in all regions.

1. Search. From here you can search for a place or type of places. You can also click the search box to get directions and view recent searches.

2. Traffic, transit, biking, and terrain. To view this info and more on the map, click the main menu .

3. Get directions. Whenever you see Directions, you can click for more info. It often shows up under the search box.

4. See results. Your search results appear on the map, and the large markers show top results. Click any result to view more information, get directions, or even see inside a business. Details will appear below the search box.

5. Print. To print the map, click File > Print in your browser’s menu bar. Learn how more about how to print directions.

6. See the world in 3D. Get 3D Earth view by clicking in the bottom left corner. If you're in Lite mode, you can view satellite imagery instead.

7. Drop a pin or explore the map. Click an icon once on the map to mark a place with a map icon. Click anywhere on the map once to get details about that place, and the info will show up below the search box. Learn more about navigation.

8. Right-click for more options. Right-click on the map to measure distances between points, explore the map, or get directions from one place to another. Note: If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you can't use the right-click menu.

9. Report a problem. Help to make Google Maps better by reporting problems with the map itself, like a closed business or misnamed road.

10. See Street View, photos, and more. When you click place on the map, imagery like Street View and photos will appear in the info card below the search box. See even more imagery by clicking the Explore button in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Learn more about the map

Navigating the map

To move the map (pan), simply click and hold your mouse, then drag the map. You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the map north, south, east, and west.

Zoom in an out by using the zoom in and zoom out buttons in the bottom right corner of the map. You can also double click to zoom in, or use your mouse scroll or trackpad to zoom in and out.

Understand pins and markers

Markers appear in Google Maps to signify an important place. For example, when you search for an address, Google Maps shows you the address with a pin. Types of symbols include:

This pin highlights where the business or address is on the map that you’re viewing.
Click anywhere on the map to pull up a card with info about that place. You can't save cards.
After you search for an address or business, these markers show all search results. The larger markers denote more relevant search results, and may include symbols in the marker of the type of business.
These markers appear on the map automatically to signify potential points of interest. The marker will change depending on the type of place (e.g. bar, restaurant, school, park, or shopping center).
When you save a place, the marker will turn into a star. Find all of your starred places easily by looking on the map.  
When you get directions, this marker shows your starting point and destination points.
These markers show where and what types of public transit is available.
These markers, with highlighting around the outside, mark places that are recommended for you, based on places you’ve previously rated or reviewed or that people in your circles have rated or reviewed a place.
These markers, partially darkened on the inside, mark places that you’ve already visited when scanning the map. This icon appears if you’ve previously checked-into, rated, or reviewed a place.
Other ways to view Google Maps

You can also view Google Maps one of several other ways:

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