How-To Geek

View Maps and Get Directions in Google Chrome

Every so often we all need to look at a map for reference purposes or to get directions. If you are looking for a great quick reference app then join us as we look at the Mini Google Maps extension for Google Chrome.

Mini Google Maps in Action

While this may look like a rather basic map extension there is more to it than meets the eye at first glance. Here is the default view when you open Mini Google Maps for the first time. Things that we really liked about this extension were:

  • Three different aerial views available (Map, Satellite, & Terrain)
  • Three different viewing sizes available (and the extension remembers your chosen size)
  • The ability to get directions in combination with a map


We decided to try each of the viewing sizes available…here you can see the “Medium Setting”. Notice that the scale stays the same but you get more territory included to view.


Then the “Large Setting”…which we infinitely preferred to the others. Once again look at the amount of territory included by default…very nice.


Switching over to the “Satellite View”…


Followed by the “Terrain View”.


For our first example we decided to peek at Vancouver, British Columbia. After zooming out a little bit we had a very nice looking map.


For the next test we asked for directions from Vancouver to Toronto. Both the directions and map turned out very well.


And just for fun we looked up Paris, France with the “Satellite View”.



If you find yourself needing to view a map or get directions often then the Mini Google Maps extension will be a very useful tool for you.


Download the Mini Google Maps extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/10/10

Comments (4)

  1. Americo Jimenez

    Since one month ago, when I try to open Windows explorer or any Microsoft Office 2007 app it appears a window of windows installer trying to install Adobe Acrobat. I hit the cancel button and everything is OK.

    Please tell me what to do.

  2. Asian Angel

    @Americo Jimenez – We have a lot of friendly helpful people in our forums that should be able to help you get that problem sorted out. ^__^ You can post any questions that you have here:

  3. não vi nada

    Não vi nada memo

  4. tomvonyi

    Valaki meg tudja mondani, hogy miért nem tudom a tréképet, útvonaltervezőt elindítani a Crome-mal? Kösz.

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