Adding Location Markers Manually Through Google Maps
Google Maps allows you to create custom maps using the steps below. These instructions show how you can add markers manually, however they can also be added as a group by uploading a spreadsheet. This method has the advantage of being easy and free, but is limited in the number of markers you can add and features that are available.
First, go to to the Google Maps Page
Click on the Menu icon in the upper left hand corner.
Then Click on the “Your Places” Option
Click on the Maps tab
Click on the “Create Map” button
Once you are on the map creation page. click the marker icon
Next, find a place on the map you want to add a marker and click there. This will place a marker and bring up a box where you can add a name description and and other features to the marker.
Repeat the previous three steps as many times as needed! Once you are finished making your custom map you can click on location “1” like the image below to name your map, “2” to name your layer, and “3” to share your maps with others!
Enter Addresses in Google Sheets to Display In Maps
Here’s a cool trick that combines both Google Sheets and Maps. When you enter addresses into Sheets, you can then display all of the locations right in Maps, creating your own custom map!
This is great for plotting business locations, deliveries, business contacts, or even just a personal travel itinerary.
In a Google Sheet, locate the Add-Ons menu item and select “Get Add-Ons”. Search for ‘Mapping Sheets’, install it, and then approve any permissions it requests.
Next, head up to the Add-Ons menu again. This time, you’ll notice that the Mapping Sheets item has been added to the menu. Select it, and then click on Start Mapping to start your project.
Enter in your data (addresses, coordinates, etc.) into your spreadsheet.
The add-on’s drop-down menus (on the right side of your screen) are important when you’re creating the projects.
They tell the add-on where to look for the various data you need to build your map, so you can specify where the title comes from, what filter to use, and where the location is found in the spreadsheet.
When you click Build, Google Maps will start importing the data from the locations that you have entered into the Google Sheet. Once the build process is completed, just click on View to view the map!
Check out the video tutorial for mapping sheets here!
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