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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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                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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                20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                1. Todoist

                  Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                  Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                  If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                  Download: Todoist

                  2. 1Password

                    You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                    1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                    You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                    Download: 1Password

                    3. Bear

                      Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                      It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                      Download: Bear

                      4. Hazel

                        Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                        For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                        Download: noodlesoft

                        5. Alfred

                          Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                          For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                          It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                          Download: Alfred

                          6. TextExpander

                            TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                            For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                            An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                            Download: TextExpander

                            7. Backblaze

                              If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                              Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                              Download: Backblaze

                              8. Keyboard Maestro

                                Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                9. Snagit

                                  There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                  Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                  10. Bartender

                                    Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                    If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                    Download: Bartender

                                    11. Otter

                                    Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                    Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                    Download: Otter

                                    12. Flux

                                      Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                      Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                      Download: Flux

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                                      13. PDFpen

                                      If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                      PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                      Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                      14. OmniFocus

                                        OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                        It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                        A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                        Download: OmniFocus

                                        15. Franz

                                          It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                          Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                          Download: Franz

                                          16. MindNode

                                            If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                            The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                            Download: MindNode

                                            17. Focus

                                              The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                              This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                              Download: Focus

                                              18. CleanMyMac

                                                Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                Download: CleanMyMac

                                                19. Grammarly

                                                  A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                  This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                  A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                  Download: Grammarly

                                                  Focus To Do

                                                    Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                    There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                    Download: Focus To Do

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                    Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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