How to copy & paste a Google map

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How to copy & paste a Google map
Copying and pasting the map (Getty Thinkstock)

Google Maps is an online service that lets you browse maps and aerial imagery of the world, see information and photos of locations, and get driving directions from place to place. It is sometimes helpful to grab a copy of a map to put on a flyer to help your friends with directions to a party, or you may wish to save a map to your hard drive for a trip where you will not have internet access. Google Maps does not have a function to just print the map or save it as a digital file. Instead, use your computer’s screen capture function to copy a view from Google Maps.


  1. 1

    Open your Web browser and visit Google Maps (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Use the on-screen tools to navigate to the map you wish to copy. Select other options you want displayed, such as the map type, traffic and photos.

  3. 3

    Press the "PrtScrn," or "Print Screen," key on your keyboard. This will copy your computer screen as an image and is also called a “screen capture.”

  4. 4

    Launch Microsoft Paint or another photo editing software.

  5. 5

    Click the "Home" tab and select the “Paste” option on the left side of the toolbar to paste the screen image. You can then save the Paint document as an image and insert it into other documents.

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