Create or open a map

Use My Maps to create or view your own maps.

Create a map

  1. On your computer, sign in to My Maps.
  2. Click Create a new map.
  3. Go to the top left and click "Untitled map."
  4. Give your map a name and description.

Open a map

  1. On your computer, sign in to My Maps.
  2. You’ll see maps you’ve made or viewed as well as maps shared with you.
  3. Optional: To see popular maps and staff picks, click Explore.

Change how a map looks

  1. On your computer, sign in to My Maps.
  2. Open a map you can edit or create a map.
  3. Next to "Base map" in the bottom of the left panel, click the Down Arrow Down Arrow.
  4. To choose a style, click one of the images.

View maps you can’t edit

If you can open a map but can’t edit what’s on it, you're in the map viewer. While in the map viewer, you can still:

  • Search the map contents
  • Show or hide layers
  • View the map with satellite imagery
  • Share, export, and print the map

If you own a map and want to see how it looks in the map viewer, click Preview Preview.

To ask for edit access for a map you don't own, contact the map’s owner.

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