Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

There’s more to Google Maps than a place you double-check your directions. Google’s data-stuffed site offers a lot of helpful tools for vacationers, spreadsheet nerds, bikers and others. Today we’re digging into Google’s data-rich geo-tool and pulling out some helpful lesser-known features.

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10. Use Starred Addresses Instead of Your Memory

9. Show a “You Are Here” Marker

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8. Create Multi-Day Walking Itineraries

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7. Fine-Tune or Report A Bad Location

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6. Map Out a Great Bike Route

Google Maps’ biking directions do more than just estimate how long it would take a very slow car to get from one point to another. Google takes traffic into account, sure, but also hills, routes that an area or cycling group has deemed as bike-friendly, designated bike lanes, and other cycle-specific data into account. Bicycle routes that normally wouldn’t be shown in seeking car directions also appear on the map, in a green colour that stands out, and the tool as a whole is a cyclist’s best friend in visiting a new area, or looking to vary up their excursions. Australia, please?

5. Provide Instant Lat/Long (GPS) Coordinates

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4. Show Photos Taken Nearby

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3. Zoom To Exactly What You Need

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2. Find Places Near Any Point on a Map

1. Map Spreadsheet Addresses Onto a Map

Spreadsheets are the best way to gather and organise information in standard form. If you’ve got a whole host of options to keep track of in different locations, the clever Maps/spreadsheet mashup BatchGeo will take your spreadsheet and plot it out across a Google Map. Simply paste your spreadsheet data, and BatchGeo standardises the addresses and creates a custom My Map, filled with your locations and each one retaining the other data you plugged in about it. It’s a fast way to make it look like you did a whole bunch of work, and that’s never a bad thing. And while it’s not technically a Google Maps feature, we think it should be. (Original post)[imgclear]

What cool little thing in Google Maps doesn’t get enough love? What hidden-in-plain-sight offerings would you have included in this list? We want to hear about your favourite geo-tools in the comments.

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