Take a shortcut: Use your keyboard to navigate Google Maps

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Maps offers a limited number of keyboard shortcuts, but they can be useful to navigate a map, especially when you are using Street View.

Map view

Pan

To pan around on a map, you can use the arrow keys to move north, south, east and west. You can also press two arrow keys together to move diagonally.

Zoom

Use the plus and minus keys to zoom in and out, respectively. You need not hit the Shift key when pressing the =/+ key to zoom in.

Street View

There are four keys that help you walk about in Street View.

  • W — walk forward
  • S — walk backward
  • A — turn to the left
  • D — turn to the right

Any PC gamer will immediately be familiar with navigating with these keys. If you prefer to use your right hand on your Street View walkabout, the four arrows keys can be used to walk forward and back and turn to the left and right.

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