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The 10 most underused features of Google Maps

Great features we bet you never use

We love Google Maps, but there are many features that never get used, yet are really useful. We've put together our favourite 10 overlooked features that will help you get the most out of Google's mapping software.

When it comes to mapping software on the web, Google Maps certainly is one of the best, with more features than you can poke a stick at.

However, for most users this probably means you haven't got round to exploring every aspect of the software and there are probably features you don't know about or don't know how to use, which can dampen the entire experience and stop you from making full use of the service.

We've rounded up 10 of our favourite most unused features in Google Maps that we know you'll find really useful. In fact you'll wonder how you ever coped without them.

Share exact map details

One of the most annoying things about sharing route or map details is that it's often hard (and sometimes impossible) to recreate the map exactly as you saw it on a different computer or for a friend.

Google has addressed this by creating dynamic links which automatically update to include all information about your Google Maps session.

Click the small 'Link' button in the top right hand corner and the HTML link will contain all the information needed to create an exact replica of what you are seeing, from zoom level to travel routes to photo or transit layers.

Embed Google Maps into your web page

A link is great for sharing your map with one or two people but if you want to share it on your website, you can go further than simply pasting an HTML link.

In the same way you can easily embed a YouTube video into your site, you can also embed a dynamic version of the map you want, complete with customisable sizes to suit your site's layout. This means that your users can easily see what you want them to see, as well as venture around the area and see the context of your map.

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