Google make adding maps to blogs as simple as cut-and-paste

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Google is to release a great upgrade to Google Maps next week. Currently one can embed a map into a blog post, web page etc by using the API; but it isn’t a trivial task. Google are about to make the process a whole lot easier for us by making it a simple cut & paste task.

As a Google spokeswoman explains, “To embed a Google Map, users will simply pull up the map they want to embed–it can be a location, a business, series of driving directions, or a My Map they have created–and then click ‘Link to this page’ and copy and paste the HTML into their Web site or blog,”

About time too, I say!

Full story at CNET


As you can see below, the feature is released and is an absolute doddle to use. I created this custom map (with a place marker to “Lewes Cathedral”, ie the Harveys Brewery in my home town) and then simply cut and pasted the HTML that Google supplied to me into this post.

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4 thoughts on “Google make adding maps to blogs as simple as cut-and-paste

  1. Please help! I’m trying to drop a section of a google map onto a word document but ti won’t sut and paste and when i e-mailed it to myslef it was just a link back to the web page. Can you give me simple idiot proof instructions?

  2. Hi Moira,

    Sorry for the delay in answering you. Unfortunately you didn’t leave me an email address, so I can only leave the instructions here and assume you’ll come back at some point and find them.

    It isn’t possible to insert a google map into a word document by cutting and pasting the HTML. You need to be a bit more devious:

    1. Ensure that the map you require is displayed in its entirety on the screen.
    2. Press the print screen button.
    3. Open up Paint and select Paste from the Edit menu.
    4. Make sure the selection tool is active and select just the map part of screen image.
    5. Crop the map image
    6. Select “Select all” and “Copy” from the Edit menu.
    7. Go to Word, and use Ctrl-V to paste the graphic into the document.

  3. Help David!

    I don’t know how to “open up Paint”. Is that a program? I have seen such things in iPhoto when you are editing a photo…I am lost!

  4. Hello Rebecca,

    Are you using a PC or a Mac? I can’t really help if it is the latter as I’ve no real experience of using one.

    If you are using a PC, you can find paint in the start menu. Open the start menu, select “All Programs” and then “Accessories”. Paint should be listed amongst the programs there.

    Hope this helps,

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