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How to Insert a Google Map into Microsoft Word

Google Maps is an online map application that allows you to create, share and view maps. Although you cannot place an interactive Google Map into a Microsoft Word document, you can change the Google Map into a static image by taking a screenshot. You can then edit the screenshot in Microsoft Paint and insert it into your Word document like a normal image.

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  1. Open your Internet browser and navigate to the Google Maps site.

  2. Press the "Prt Scr" key on your keyboard to take a screenshot.

  3. Click the "Start" button, type "Paint" in the Search box and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. This launches the Paint program.

  4. Hold down the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard and press the "V" key. The screenshot loads on the Paint program's canvas.

  5. Click "Select" from the Paint toolbar.

  6. Click the top-left corner of the Google Maps image, then drag your mouse until you have drawn a box around the map.

  7. Click "Crop" to crop the extra image around the map.

  8. Click "File," "Save" to save the map as an image on your computer.

  9. Open the Word document in your Word program.

  10. Click the "Insert" tab on the program's toolbar.

  11. Click "Picture" to browse for an image on your computer's hard drive.

  12. Double-click the Google Maps image you created. The map inserts into your document like a normal picture.

  13. Save the changes to your Word document.

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About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.

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