Get started with Google Maps

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

There are lots of ways to use Google Maps on your computer. Here are some things you can do.

Note: Not all features are available in all regions.

Get directions

To see directions, go to the search box, then click the directions icon . Click points on the map or type the address or place name. You can also right-click to get directions.

Whenever you see "Directions," click it for more info. You’ll usually see it under the search box.

Note: If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you can't use the right-click menu.

See search results

Look for a place or type of places, see recent searches, or get directions. Your search results appear on the map and large markers show top results. Click any result to see more information, get directions, or see inside a business.

Explore the map

Click anywhere on the map to get details about a place. You can also right-click to explore.

Note: If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you can't use the right-click menu.

Measure distances between points

Right-click on the map to measure distances between points. Learn more about measuring distances on desktop or your mobile device.

Note: If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you can't use the right-click menu.

Report a data problem

Help to make Google Maps better by reporting problems with the map, like incorrect business details, wrong road names, or other errors.

See traffic, transit, bicycling, and terrain info

To see this info and more, click the main menu .

Print a map

To print the map, click the main menu > Print Print. Learn more about how to print.

See the world in 3D

To see 3D Earth view, click the square in the bottom left. If you're in Lite mode, you can see satellite imagery instead.

See reviews and photos

You can see reviews and photos you’ve added to Google Maps by clicking on the main menu > Contributions .

See Street View

When you click on a place on the map, you might see Street View images. To see more, go the to bottom right and click the arrow .

Learn more about the map

Move the map

To move the map, 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.

To zoom in or out, go to the bottom right and use the zoom in and zoom out buttons. You can also double click to zoom in, or use your mouse scroll or trackpad to zoom in and out.

What the pins and markers mean

Markers show you important places. For example: when you search for an address, Google Maps shows you the address with a pin. Here are some markers you may see:

This pin shows where the business or address is on the map.
After you search for an address or business, red markers show you all search results. The larger markers mean more relevant search results and might include symbols that show you the type of business.
These markers appear on the map automatically to show you places you might like. The markers are different depending on the type of place, like a bar, restaurant, school, park, or shopping center.
When you save a place, the marker will turn into a star.
When you get directions, this marker shows your starting and destination points.
These markers show what public transit is available and where it is.
Markers with highlighting around the outside show places that are recommended for you, based on places you or people in your circles have rated or reviewed.
Markers that are darker on the inside show places you’ve checked into, rated, or reviewed.
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