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How to drop a pin on Google Maps

Updated March 23, 2017

If you use Google Maps to search for directions or to view locations, you can drop a pin or placemark on a map if you have a Google account. This is useful if you want to mark places you want to visit on a map. If you want to drop a pin on Google Maps, you only need to sign in to your Google account to get started.

Create or select a map to drop a pin. Create a map by clicking "My Maps" and then click "Create new map." Enter the location information for the map, add a description and then decide whether you want the map to be public or unlisted. A menu will open at the top left of the map; you can choose to add a placemark here.

Click "My Maps" to view a map you have already created. Select the map you want to view and when the map opens, click "Edit." A menu will open at the top left of the map that has options for editing the map, including the option to drop a pin or placemark.

Click the "Placemark" button. Your mouse pointer will show up as a blue pin when you hover over the map.

Click a location on the map where you want to drop the placemark. A box will pop up for you to enter the details for the pin you dropped; enter a description and click "OK." When you are finished, click "Save" to save the map.

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Erika Dean has been writing since 2000. She has published many articles for Demand Studios and enjoys writing about the Microsoft Office Suite, Windows OS, and the Internet (MySpace, Facebook, email). Dean has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop University and is a former English/language arts teacher.