Google maps is a web-based map service providing accurate satellite imagery, street maps, panoramic street views and directions to a given place. For many people Google Maps is their turn-by-turn navigation app that they use on a daily basis to plan their trips and get to their destinations as fast as possible. Sharing locations or directions with family and friends can make things a lot easier if you are trying to explain where a certain place is. Although Google Maps has a built-in sharing function for sharing location information and directions, it is usually easier and more convenient to snap a quick screenshot and forward it to your friend. Taking a screenshot of Google Maps directions is also useful if you know you will not have internet connection while you are navigating to your destination as you will be able to use your screenshot as reference to help you get to your destination. Below we will introduce to you the 3 best programs for taking screenshots of Google Maps, covering solutions for both Windows and Mac computers.
Freeware to Take Google Map Screenshot on Windows/Mac
AceThinker’s Screen Grabber Online is the perfect tool if you just want to take screenshots occasionally and do not want to spend time downloading and installing software for only this purpose. Screen Grabber Online can be launched directly from your browser and screenshots can be taken with a single click. Prior to taking a screenshot you can adjust what part of the screen you want to capture, so you will not have to use an external editing software to trim and crop your snapshot. Using the built-in editor you can even annotate your screenshots. This can come handy if you ant to add additional direction or notes on your Google Maps screenshots. After you have taken your screenshot, you can forward it directly with one of the sharing methods.
Step1 Open Google Maps location, directionOpen Google Maps from your browser and bring up the direction or location you want to screenshot.
Step2 Launch Screen Grabber OnlineOpen Screen Grabber Online from the link provided above and click the green “Take Screenshot” button to launch the application. If you are a first time user, you will first be prompted to download a launcher. The launcher is completely safe and secure to download.
Step3 Set up screen capturingOnce you have the program launched and the app’s toolbar is visible in the middle of your screen, switch back to the tab with Google Maps opened. Click the take screenshot button located on the very left of the toolbar.
Step4 Select region to be capturedWhen you have the crosshair displayed on your screen, move the intersection to one of the corners of the region you want to capture, click and hold down your mouse button and drag the cursor across to highlight the region of the screen you want to capture and let go of the mouse button.
Step5 Edit and save screenshotUse the buttons below your screenshot to add shapes, annotate and edit your screenshot. Once you are done, make sure to save, upload or share your screenshot with the buttons on the right-hand side, otherwise your screenshot will be lost.
Screenshot Extension for Google Chrome
Google’s Chrome browser offers a free extension called Webpage Screenshot. It is easy to use for capturing any screenshots on any sites including Google Maps. Simply follow the steps listed below:
- 1. Locate and add the “Webpage Screenshot” extension to your Chrome browser.
- 2. Find the Google Maps section you wish to grab.
- 3. Click on the Webpage Screenshot icon on your browser toolbar.
- 4. Click “Visible Screenshot” to capture the entire map.
- 5. Make any edits, additions or crops to the screenshot window that pops up next.
- 6. Click “Save” near the top right edge to save the Google Maps screenshot to your computer.
- There’s also an online appplication which requires no installation and works similar to this tool, you may click here for details.
Mac Screenshot Built-In Tool
Mac computers make it easy to take a screenshot. Pressing the “Command” key with “Shift” and “3”/“4” allows you to do this. While this gets you a picture of whatever’s on the screen, you cannot edit it or make any additions. For more flexibility, get the bundled app named Grab. You will find it in your Utilities folder. This tool lets you take a screenshot of anything that is currently showing on your screen. The process for using it with Google Maps is simple:
- 1. Load the part of Google Maps you want to grab a screenshot of.
- 2. Click “Finder,” then “Applications,” then “Utilities.”
- 3. Locate Grab in the list and click to run it.
- 4. Click “Capture” to open a menu that lets you select either “Window” for the entire screen or “Selection” for part of the screen you select with your mouse.
- 5. Click “File” and then select “Save” to keep the selected Google Maps screenshot on your computer.
While we have covered various methods to grab a screenshot from Google Maps, we recommend the free screen grabber online app because it is easy for everyone to use and supremely flexible in what you can do with it. It also provides many different options for managing the screenshot before you save or share it. The professional version allows for even greater flexibility including multiple screenshot modes and editing.