Google map new Keyboard Navigation Controls Shortcuts

Google Map is one of the most famous Map tool used for finding near by point of interest, distance, area, traffic, and many more. Google map sure to provide the best possible solution to user, and so they also enabled a feature to control Google map with Keyboard Navigation. And they keeps update their feature day by day like introducing new navigation in 2016. While their navigation features was already enabled previously. There are many keyboard shortcut key. Here are some list.

Google map new Keyboard Navigation Controls Shortcuts
Google map new Keyboard Navigation Controls Shortcuts

Google map new Keyboard Navigation Controls Shortcuts

Arrow keys i.e up, down, right and left: This will pan the map slightly north, south, east and west in Google map.

Home, End button, Page Up and Page Down button : This will pan wider as compare to arrow keys.

(+) Plus and (-) key : Zoom in and out the map respectively.

Double Right click : Zoom In the map.

Double Left click : Zoom out the Google map. (For mac users you need to double click with control button press i.e ctrl+)

Scroll wheel : Use mouse scroll to Zoom in and Zoom out in Google Map.

Google Map Street View Keyboard Shortcuts for control

Some keyboard shortcut of Google map which work while working on Google Street View mode.

Page Up key or ‘W’ button – move camera upwards i.e towards sky.

Page Down key or ‘S’  button – move camera downwards i.e towards ground.

Right arrow key or ‘D’ button – Rotate Right camera  to 45 degrees.

Left arrow key or ‘A’ button –  Rotate left camera to 45 degrees.

  • Note that Alphabets keys wont work while operating Google map on full screen mode.

Down arrow key – Move backwards along the direction of camera in Map

Up arrow key – Move Forward along the direction of camera in Google Map

Plus button or ‘+’ key – Camera view to zoom in one level

Minus button or ‘–’ key – Camera view to zoom out one level.

TAB key:  If you press tab key, you will get all different controls of map for example you can see the rectangle on the map with some covered area, or you will get to the search box or to the right bottom control of the map. 

Google map 2016 new Keyboard Navigation Controls Shortcuts

Along with this Shortcut which are very common, Google recently introduced in 2016 a new navigation Pan, zoom and find businesses on Google Maps without touching your mouse. You can also use your keyboard to find and learn more about specific places like neighborhood, transit stations and shops and restaurants.

Google documented how this works on Google+:

On your keyboard, press Tab to focus the map. Here you will see the Square symbol on map with an area highlighted  and listed in the pan with number list.

Google map new Keyboard Navigation Controls Shortcuts
Google map new Keyboard Navigation Controls Shortcuts

Now you can navigate with arrow keys and the shift key hold along with the rectangle highlighted.  To learn more about a place, press the number associated with the place.

Do you know any other keyboard shortcut for google map which is not listed here? Do comment below if you know any.

Switch to Google Map Lite Mode (Replace classic map) – Improved Speed

Switch to Google Map Lite Mode. Google map Lite mode is introduced after dropping the old classic map support and as an alternative to it,  with more improved features which also helps in reducing the loading time to render graphics on old browsers.

Many people switch back to old classic map, after the launch of New Google Map in 2013, due to slow processing and rendering of graphics. While you can count Google Maps Lite mode as an best alternative solution to old classic Google Map, as Lite mode would load faster in every browser, which does not support for 3D Earth view feature and other 2D imagery. New Google Map uses WebGL for improving graphics which is not in case with Lite Mode Map.

According to Google “This update provides a number of benefits, including easier trip planning, more accurate traffic data, easier ways to explore new areas, and the ability to get you where you’re going with better search, directions, Street View imagery and more.”

Switch to Google Map Lite Mode (Replace classic map) - Improved Speed
Switch to Google Map Lite Mode (Replace classic map) – Improved Speed

Switch to Google Map Lite Mode – Listed features:

  1. ) Load graphics faster
  2. ) Supported in older browsers too.
  3. ) Can able to Switch to Satellite mode.
  4. ) View live traffic and predictable traffic.
  5. ) View direction and ways to get route via bicycle, public transit or by car.
  6. ) View terrain.
  7. ) Get the current screen view link for sharing.
  8. ) Get full menu via one click.
  9. ) Dive into street view directly.

List of features you can’t be able to use in Lite mode Google maps:

1.) 3D imagery and earth view
2.) Your current location on map
3.) Setting your home and work places
4.) Nearby, scaling the distance or getting coordinates features not supported.
5.) Embedding a map and viewing my maps in Google maps.
6.) Draggable route
7.) Reporting a map data problem in Google maps.

If you are in Lite mode, you’ll see a lightning bolt icon in the bottom left which on hovers shows a message: “You’re in Lite mode.” While You can click: “Switch back to full Maps” if your browser supports it. Alternatively you can switch to New Google Map with Full support with the below link:

Switch to Google Map Lite Mode
Switch to Google Map Lite Mode

You can still access your saved places, home and work addresses, personal information and all custom map created, after switching to any of the newer version. None of your data will be lost.

Note : Lite mode is introduced in mid April 2015. You would no longer be able to switch back to older classic google map after the complete update of Google Maps to everyone.

What you think about Lite Mode of Google map? Do express your views on comparing the Google old classic map with respect to Lite mode Google map, in terms of processing speed, features and User Interface, by commenting below.