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10 Google Map Tricks You’ll Never Know If You Miss This

10 Google Map Tricks You’ll Never Know If You Miss This

We’ve had Google Maps around for a long time but you wouldn’t believe how many tips and tricks there are that people still don’t know about. Some of them can be useful and some of them are for fringe cases only but nevertheless there is still a lot to learn about Google Maps. Here are some Google Map tricks you may not know about yet.

1. Get your maps offline on mobile

Google Map tricks

    Even though most tricks articles have this in them there are still a surprising number of people who don’t know about it or know how to do it. On mobile, you simply need to find the maps you need to save then type “Okay Maps” into the search bar. This will save that map area to your internal storage for your use. There isn’t a reliable way to do it on PC but you can use your computer’s built-in screen capture function to obtain maps if need be or you can try software that does it for you.

    2. Create a multi-stop route

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    Google Map tricks

      On Google Maps it is possible to create routes with multiple stops. This is a great trick for people who plan on making multiple stops in a city where they’re unfamiliar and it’s also a great way to plan a full day of driving without re-entering locations. On the left side of the directions toward the bottom there will be a plus symbol. Click it, add in another address, and you’ll get directions to there!

      3. Fix, add, or otherwise contribute to Google Maps

      Google Map tricks

        If something is askew or missing in Google Maps then you can fix it! Using the Google Maps Map Maker you can edit Google Maps. Using the map maker you can add new places and then add details about those places or if an establishment has been moved to another location you can update that. All new edits must be approved by Google’s moderator community but otherwise it’s a great way to put your mark on Google Maps.

        4. Share your location

        Are you tired of texting people directions or even the address of where you are? There is an easier way. In Google Maps on mobile you can share your current location with other people. It can be shared via text message, email, or even social media. Worst case scenario you can still copy the location to your clipboard and paste it wherever you need. This is a good way to give people your location without worrying about spelling or remember where you actually are.

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        5. Find postal addresses

        Google Map tricks

          This nifty little trick is easy to do and can be very useful. When looking at buildings and such you can actually click on any one of them to display its postal address including address, city, state, and zip. This is good if you need information about a business or even the address to a house to send mail.

          6. Customize your map

          Google Map tricks

            People probably know about this feature but they don’t know just how powerful this feature can be. When you set your Home and Work addresses, that data will be used in other Google apps to help you. On Android you can use these in Google Now to quickly plot trips from home to your office or get traffic updates on your route before you get in the car. You can also change these by going to the Google Maps website.

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            7. Save a place for later

            If you find yourself going to the same places or looking up directions to the same places over and over then you can actually save places. You can view saved places quickly and get directions from wherever you are. These function similarly to the Home and Work locations saved to your Google account. Saving a place is easy as the button is large and right there on both web and mobile versions.

            8. Create your own map

            Google Map tricks

              Did you know that you can create your very own map using Google Maps? Using the custom map feature you can do just that. Using this feature you can add places, shapes, and locations and then share with others. This is an amazing feature if you want to show friends around town or you’re planning a party somewhere and want to give people directions. It’s easy to do and easy to share.

              9. Find directions for public transit, walking, or biking

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              Google Map tricks

                Most people use Google Maps for driving but many don’t know that you can use it for public transportation, walking, and biking directions as well. Many would think that it’s just a clone of driving and in some cases that’s true. However, walkers and bikers can take routes that cars and buses cannot and therein lies the magic. You can find bike trails that cut through town or shortcuts while walking that you may have missed without Maps.

                10. See everything Google Maps can see

                If you’re stumped as to what to do, you can always just pop an asterisk into the search and hit enter. This will show you everything that Google Maps has indexed in the area that you search for. This is great if you’re having difficulty remembering the name of a place or you just want to see what’s nearby. It shows everything and sometimes you just need to see what’s there to remember where you’re going.

                Google Maps is an extremely powerful platform and it’s growing every day. Proper use can make travel easier and finding directions a more efficient task. Keep it up with 10 more awesome Google Maps tricks.

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                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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