A nifty Google Maps directions shortcut
Recently, I found myself doing the same steps over and over in Google Maps in order to get directions from my house to a particular destination:
- Go to the website
- Press the “Get Directions” button (why doesn’t it just default to this?)
- Enter my Home address
- Enter where I want to go
- Press the “Get Directions” button (this time to actually get the directions)
Needless to say, the whole process was pissing me off.
To fix it, I decided to use the Chrome auto-search complete feature to make my life easier. Now, whenever I want directions from my house, I go to the URL bar, type “gmaps”, press tab, type where I want to go and boom – pressing enter brings me directions from my home to anywhere.
Here’s how to do it yourself (I’m on a Mac – not sure if the steps change because of this):
- Chrome -> Preferences (if you want to be fancier command + shift + ? and then type in preferences)
- Search for the term “Search”
- Select “Manage Search Engines”
- Go to the bottom of the “Other Search Engines” area and enter the following :
- ‘Google Maps’ in ‘Add a new search engine field’
- ‘gmaps’ in ‘Keyword’ field
- ‘https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=330+east+22nd+street,ny,ny&daddr=%s’ in the ‘URL with %s in place of the query field.
- Note : You’re going to want to substitute your own address between the saddre= and &addr= fields. Put + instead of spaces.