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

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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

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    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

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          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

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            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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                Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                  What Does Private Browsing Do?

                  When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                  For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                  The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                  The Terminal Archive

                  While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                  Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                  dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                  Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                  Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                  However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                  Clearing Your Tracks

                  Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                  dscacheutil -flushcache

                  As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                  Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                  Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                  If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                  As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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