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Measuring Distances in New Google Maps

Measuring Distances in New Google Maps

In Classic Google Maps, you could measure distances between locations as well as object dimensions using the Google Labs link to enable that particular tool. In the new Maps, the feature is built into the core application. Unfortunately, like much about the new version, it’s not obvious how to do this.

Note: This feature is only available in the full version of the Maps, not in the Lite version. Click on the lightning bolt icon at the bottom right to see which version you have.

Zoom in on the map to a level where you can see the starting and ending points of what you want to measure.

Right-click where you want to start measuring and select Measure Distance. A point will be added to the map.

Click the ending point. The measurement line only shows the distance in one unit (not sure whether this is based on where you’re searching or where you live), but the box that pops up at the bottom shows both.


  • Click on additional spots to add more paths to measure.
  • Drag a point to move it and click one to remove it.
  • To remove the full path, right-click and select Clear Measurement.


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