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Title: Quick way to pull up a map or directions in Chrome
Post by: PopPop51 on August 11, 2017, 03:22:19 PM
Just came across this neat article on how to set up Chrome to quickly generate Google Map of a location, or directions between your home (or any other commonly-used location) and anyplace else.
http://lifehacker.com/map-anything-from-the-chrome-address-bar-1797731855 (http://lifehacker.com/map-anything-from-the-chrome-address-bar-1797731855)

Title: Re: Quick way to pull up a map or directions in Chrome
Post by: SeilerBird on August 11, 2017, 04:10:08 PM
Duh...I have been doing that for years. :))
Title: Re: Quick way to pull up a map or directions in Chrome
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on August 11, 2017, 05:23:44 PM
Thanks, I'll give it a try.
Title: Re: Quick way to pull up a map or directions in Chrome
Post by: SeilerBird on August 11, 2017, 05:54:00 PM
In fact I rarely go to the Google home page. If I want to search for something I type the search into the address bar no matter what web page I am on and the answer comes right up. Type in Speed Test and it will take you to a page to test you Internet connection speed. If I want to see where I town is I type it into the address bar and Google will present me with a list of searches relating to that town and also a small map. Click on the map and it opens up a full page Google map. I have been using Chrome since it came out in 2008 and it puts all other browsers to shame.
Title: Re: Quick way to pull up a map or directions in Chrome
Post by: John From Detroit on August 12, 2017, 06:49:45 AM
Even easier for most places just type it in the search bar and let GOOGLE search it... Many places they will display a mini-map in results. others you click on the corporate link and it has the map,  No need to specify "Maps" as your search engine.
Title: Re: Quick way to pull up a map or directions in Chrome
Post by: PopPop51 on August 12, 2017, 07:31:29 AM
Tom and John,
The article goes a little beyond just using the address bar for search and then clicking to drill down to what you really want. Yeah, it's kinda geeky, but there's a smidgen of value in it, especially for anyone needing to quickly bring up a map while on the move.

I took the article and ran with it a bit.
Heres how you can set it up to immediately display a driving directions map from your current location to whatever destination you enter.
Start by following the article's instructions to create a new search engine. I named it "Google Directions from here". Then:
1. Set the "keyword". I used "mapto".
2. Use this as the "URL with %s in place of query"
   https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&origin=&destination=%s&travelmode=driving
3. Save

Now if you type "mapto Grand Canyon" into the address bar a full map and driving directions to Grand Canyon from your current location pops up without any more clicks.

Of course, you could also use the voice command: "OK Google, show me driving directions to Grand Canyon" but this is another, quieter option.