How to Search in Google Maps

Last updated: April 13, 2015 - 10:38am EDT

Let's face it: a map of any kind isn't going to be much help unless you know the place that you're looking for or want to go.  Fortunately, Google Maps is made by the same company that made Google Search, the Internet's most popular search engine.  So rest easy knowing that searching for addresses, cities, businesses, or points of interest in Google Maps is simple and efficient.

How to Search in Google Maps

  1. Go to in your web browser.

  2. In the top-right corner is the search bar.  Click inside it, and then type in the name of a city, address, business, point of interest, etc. that you're looking for.  As you type, Google Maps will try to guess what your search will be, based on locations that it knows.  You can click one of these options to go to that place on the map.

    You can also search for a place by its map coordinates.  Some formats for coordinates that Google Maps understands are:

    - Degrees, minutes, and seconds (41°24'12.2"N 2°10'26.5"E)
    - Degrees and decimal minutes (41 24.2028, 2 10.4418)
    - Decimal degrees (41.40338, 2.17403)

    If you want to search for exactly what you typed in, click the search button () instead, or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.  Or, if you want to search for something completely different, click the "X" beside this button.

  3. If the place you're looking for is an address or a unique point of interest, Google Maps will zoom appropriately, showing the place's exact location and its surrounding area.

  4. If the place you're looking for is a country, province/state/district, or city, Google Maps will zoom appropriately to show you the surrounding area, and the place you searched for will be shaded in red.

  5. If the place you're looking for has multiple locations (like it's a restaurant / retail store chain and you don't search for a specific one), all known locations will appear on Google Maps as red dots or icons.

See?  We told you that searching for places on Google Maps was really simple!


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