“My Maps” is a service run by Google Maps that allows users to create and save custom maps. These maps can be annotated using landmarks, routes, custom shapes, text, and more. This customization allows you to create maps for special purposes. After you use our Google Maps Generator, you can publish it for all to see or keep it for your own private use. You can also embed this Google Map onto your website.
- Log into your Google account.
- Create a new personalized map.
To begin creating your map, go to the Google Maps home page. Below the Google Maps logo, click the “My places” link. From the options that appear, click the “Create New Map” button. Give your map a title and a brief description using the available text boxes, and then choose to make your map public or private.
- Add placemarks to your map.
The button showing a blue teardrop shape is the placemark tool. To use it, zoom your map in until you can clearly see the location you want to indicate. Click the placemark tool button, and then click on the location. A window will appear allowing you to give your placemark a title and a description.
- Add routes to your personalized map.
The button showing a bent blue line has 3 options: it can use for drawing lines, shapes, or routes. Click on the button and select the “Draw a line along roads” option from the drop-down menu. To start drawing a route, click once on a road. Drag your mouse along the route, clicking at each turn to lock the route into place. Double-click at the end point of the route to complete it. You will be asked to give your route a name and description.
- Add shapes to your map.
Select the “Draw a shape” option from the line tool button. Click somewhere on the map to begin drawing your shape. Continue moving your mouse and clicking to define the edges of the shape; connect it to its start point to finish it. Shapes can be given titles and descriptions as well.
- Add photographs or videos to your personalized map.
In the description box of each placemark, route, line, or shape, you can embed media of your choice. Inserting an image is done by clicking the “Image” button above the description box and typing the URL of the image. Embedding video can be done for YouTube videos by simply typing in the video’s URL.
- Save your finished map.
When you are done editing your map, click the “Done” button in the left panel. You can always edit it later by returning to it through the “My places” menu. As mentioned before, you can embed this Google map onto your website. Another way to create a map, is to use the Google Maps generator.