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How to Print Google Maps

This wikiHow teaches you how to print out a section of an area in Google Maps, as well as how to print a set of directions. You can do this on both Windows and Mac computers. Keep in mind that you will need to zoom in fairly close to see individual streets, meaning you won't be able to fit much of a Google Map area onto one printed page.

Method One of Two:
Printing a Map
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  1. 1
    Go to the Google Maps website. Go to https://www.google.com/maps/ in your computer's web browser. This will open the Google Maps website in your current browser.
  2. 2
    Enter an address. Click the search bar in the upper-left side of the Google Maps page, then type in the address of a place you want to print.
    • You can also just type in a city and state, or a public institution's name (e.g., a college).
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    Select a location. Click an address below the search bar to go to that location.
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    Resize your map by zooming in or out. Click the + icon in the bottom-right corner of the page to zoom in, or click - here to zoom out. You'll only be able to print the portion of the map that is on your screen.
    • The further in you zoom, the more detail your map will have.
    • You can click and drag the map to reposition it in the frame as well.
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    Open the print menu. Depending on the browser you're using, this step will vary, though you can press Ctrl+P (Windows) or Command+P (Mac) and then click the blue Print button to bring up the Print menu on most computers:
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    Select a printer. Click a printer's name in the Print window. Keep in mind that you may first have to click a drop-down box to view a list of available printers.
    • The printer menu will vary from browser to browser and computer to computer.
    • If you use an older model of printer, you may instead have to attach it to your computer before you can print. You can also save the map to your computer as a PDF by clicking the Print to PDF or Save as PDF option.
    • You may instead have to click Change or Browse beneath the currently selected printer.
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    Change the print settings if need be. Each printer will have slightly different settings, and individual browsers have different printer window options. Things you might want to change include the following:
    • Color - Print your Google Map in black and white to save ink, or color for the most vibrant detail.
    • Number of copies - Select the number of copies of your map that you'll need.
    • Layout or Orientation - Select Landscape for a larger map.
  8. 8
    Click Print. Depending on your browser, it's either at the top of the Print window or the bottom of the window. This will send your map to the selected printer and begin printing it.
    • If you chose to save the map as a PDF instead of printing it, clicking Print will cause the PDF to download onto your computer.
    • On Google Chrome, you may instead click Save here.
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Method Two of Two:
Printing Directions
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  1. 1
    Go to the Google Maps website. Go to https://www.google.com/maps/ in your computer's web browser. This will open the Google Maps website in your current browser.
  2. 2
    Click the "Directions" icon. It resembles a bent arrow on a blue background. You'll find it on the far-right side of the Google Maps search bar, which is in the upper-left side of the window. A pop-out window will appear.
  3. 3
    Enter a starting address. Type the address from which you intend to depart into the text field at the top of the Directions window.
    • You can also just click a location on the map to set it as your starting point.
  4. 4
    Enter a destination address. Type the address at which you intend to arrive into the "Choose destination..." text field, which is below the starting address field.
  5. 5
    Press Enter. This will confirm the two addresses you entered and find the fastest route from start to finish.
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    Select a route. Click a route that you want to take in the left-hand menu.
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    Click the "Print" icon. It's on the right side of the Directions menu, directly above the route you selected. Clicking it brings up a pop-up window with print options.
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    Select a print option. Click either Print including maps or Print text only. Using maps will provide a visual to accompany the directions, though it will cost more ink than printing just the directions.
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    Click Print. It's in the top-right side of the window. This will bring up your browser's Print window.
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    Select a printer. Click a printer's name in the Print window. Keep in mind that you may first have to click a drop-down box to view a list of available printers.
    • The printer menu will vary from browser to browser and computer to computer.
    • If you use an older model of printer, you may instead have to attach it to your computer before you can print. You can also save the map to your computer as a PDF by clicking the Print to PDF or Save as PDF option.
    • You may instead have to click Change or Browse beneath the currently selected printer.
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    Change the print settings if need be. Each printer will have slightly different settings, and individual browsers have different printer window options. Things you might want to change include the following:
    • Color - Print your Google Map in black and white to save ink, or color for the most vibrant detail.
    • Number of copies - Select the number of copies of your map that you'll need.
    • Layout or Orientation - Select Landscape for a larger map.
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    Click Print. Depending on your browser, it's either at the top of the Print window or the bottom of the window. This will send the directions you selected to your preferred printer, where they will begin printing.
    • On Google Chrome, you may instead click Save here.
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  • The only way to print a section of a Google Map on mobile is by taking a screenshot and then printing the screenshot from your iPhone's or Android's photos app.
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  • Printed versions of Google Maps can only provide a few blocks' worth of detailed route information.
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