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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Google Maps: How to measure distance

Google Maps is fantastic and with its new release for iOS means that Apple users get to enjoy Google Maps on the iPhone and iPads. Google maps also has a fantastic feature called 'Distance Measurement Tool'. With this feature you can calculate the distance between any two points on the map. Helps put a perspective on things especially before you travel. You can view this distance either in metric (KM) or English (MI). This easy to use tool needs to be enabled before you can use it and this post will help you do just that.

How to enable Google Maps distance measurement tool
1. Open Google.maps.com
2. Click on Maps Labs -- found at the bottom left hand panel
Google Maps enable distance measurement tool3. Beside 'Distance Measurement tool' click on 'Enable'.
enable Google maps distance calculation tool4. Now click on 'Save Changes'.
5. Now click on the ruler icon found on the bottom of your map.
Google Maps Ruler Icon6. Click on any two points of the map. A red tracer line should appear.
Google Maps final distance calculated7. On the left you will find the distance between two points. Choose metric for kilometers and English for miles. 

So give this tool a whirl and let us know what you think about it and other uses you find for it, in the comments section below.
Tip: Click on multiple locations to see distance between these places at the same time.

Video below for the visuals
http://youtu.be/dXPDa_-uvOU

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