There is a simple print button right inside the Google Maps to help you print the directions and maps in one sheet. But you didn’t know that. Or probably you did.
In this article you will learn how to easily print a Google Map with or without the directions. Before learning this simple ‘art’, let me reveal to you three common problems related to Google maps printing:
First, and this one is very common, is related to browsers like Mozilla Firefox. Printing Google Maps directions using “Print” option does not always work. What you get is a black screen like this one. And when you print you will get the same black screen.
The problem is not with Google Maps, but with the browser.
And this can be fixed. More on this later.
Second problem is related to the type of Google maps you want to print. You see there are two types: One is the classic and old Google Map while other is the more modern-looking map.
The simple print button, which I talked about in the first paragraph, is available only in the new and nicer-looking (yet barely-loading) Google maps.
Classic Google maps is different, but you can sitll print them out. You will learn more about this very soon.
And the last problem? Maps Resolution. Many of us print Google maps for direction and we need a high-resolution map with all the nitty-gritty details. Google says you can get this super high-quality Google Maps by…
That’s right! Google says: “We cannot provide high-resolution or vector screen captures of Google Maps. You can, however, use Google Earth Pro to save and print high-resolution views. Images in Google Earth Pro can be exported up to 4,800 pixels wide. You can purchase a Google Earth Pro licence on this page.”
$399 to print one page of high resolution Google Maps? I think I will skip that. But there is a solution to this; a simple yet very rare trick to get a good quality Google maps printed at no cost whatsoever. Let’s get started.
Google Maps Printing: The Easiest Way
In this section you will learn the most basic (and easiest) way to print Google maps. And this is to use your browser and the default print option.
Here’s how to do it…
Print Only The Map: Open a browser, go to Google Maps and click CTRL + P (for Windows) or CMD + P (for Mac).
This Google article explains more on how to print only directions and works only if you are using the classic Google maps version.