How to Create a Search Shortcut for Google Maps


Most modern Web browsers -- including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera -- feature a search box in the navigation toolbar to allow easy access to your search engines from within the browser interface. You can customize these search shortcuts to include search engines from a variety of websites, including Google Maps. In the case of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, you need to browse the search engine provider's website to add Google Maps to your search box. With Opera, adding a search box can be done from the Google Maps website.

Internet Explorer

  • Launch Internet Explorer.

  • Click the drop-down arrow located on the search button at the top right and select "Find more providers."

  • Type "Google Maps" in the "Search the Gallery" input area and press "Enter."

  • Click "Add to Internet Explorer." The Google Maps search shortcut is accessible by highlighting text such as an address and then selecting "Map with Google Maps" from the "All Accelerators" right-click menu.

Mozilla Firefox


  • Launch Opera.

  • Navigate to Google Maps.

  • Right-click on the Google Maps input box and select "Create Search."

  • Type a keyword and then click "OK." The Google Maps search shortcut will be available in the Opera search box.

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