Print a Google Map?

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    Jan 26, 2016 9:52 PM GMT
    I remember, quite a few years ago, I could print out a legible map from google.maps. For years now, this has been impossible - one gets an almost invisibly light print, not exactly of the map that was on the screen.

    One would think that the biggest software company in the world would have figured out how users could print its maps. (OTOH, the gmail spellcheck is almost non-functional as well - unable to produce a correct spelling for the simplest of misspelled words.)

    Anyone discovered a trick for printing out a legible google map?
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    Jan 26, 2016 11:06 PM GMT
    I haven't encountered this problem. I print out good Google Maps all the time, one a few days ago. I use an iMac, and an HP printer.

    Therefore I think the problem is local on your computer or printer. I don't have any suggestions, perhaps other computer savvy guys here can help you. But it's doubtful it's Google, if I'm still getting good map print-outs from them, as good as I ever have.
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    Jan 26, 2016 11:32 PM GMT
    ^ I have a PC - have had lots of PCs over the years - always the same google problem with all of them.

    Use an HP laserjet printer - prints everthing else just fine - just not google maps.
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    Jan 27, 2016 12:30 AM GMT
    Nope: The roads come out pretty much invisible on the HP laser printer. No solution found.

    Slightly more legible on the epson inkjet, but not much.
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    Jan 27, 2016 3:16 AM GMT
    Print Screen. Paste image into Word doc. Send to printer.

    Crack open a beer. Enjoy.
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    Jan 28, 2016 7:10 AM GMT
    The pattern with Google has unfortunately proven time and time again to be that they initially produce a great product, and then their programmers start "improving" it which always makes things worse. I could list ten or twelve things off the top of my head which fall into that pattern.

    Now that you mention it, light printing maps is also a problem, but since I rarely print them, I hadn't noticed it as a problem. What I find to be a majorly annoying and totally stupid problem is the "new, improved" Maps they instituted about three years ago now. Before, one could delineate a route on their basic map by dragging the suggested route, then save the entire map to one's Google map-save, and have it as a permanent, personal map. Now, once one does that, there is no provision for saving it any more; one can only print it, and then it is gone forever, unless one makes Mac screenshots of the map, which don't always fit the bill. There is some complicated "new"-Maps program now which is supposed to be "better" but in fact doesn't begin to match the usability of the original Maps, even if one could figure out how the new-Maps even works.

    End rant.
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    Jan 28, 2016 12:36 PM GMT
    I find that printing to a PDF, JPG or PNG format first and then printing this file produces a better quality, sharper image.
    I will say the following as a computer support person, with no intent of being condescending...
    Change the printer cartridges, run the printer head cleaning and calibration process for your printer. Try different paper. The quality of your paper, and the weight, bond, surface coatings, etc, ALL make a tremendous difference. Make sure that the drivers for your printer/operating system and hardware, are up-to-date, check the printer interface for an "economy" setting to save ink by producing less vibrant prints...or maybe known as "draft" mode...Print at a higher DPI...
    again....just suggestions, not being a smartass...I realize that many on here are likely VERY Tech savvy. Good Luck...

    BTW...I have found that GOOGLE works better when you are signed in to your account, and when you are using their cloud based office suite tools to interact with their family of productivity software. Also, there are other map sources, such as BING, YAHOO, MAPQUEST or any number of other tools that have different styles of maps on-line. Consider testing one of them to see if it is a better match to your needs..
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    Jan 28, 2016 2:45 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidI remember, quite a few years ago, I could print out a legible map from google.maps. For years now, this has been impossible - one gets an almost invisibly light print, not exactly of the map that was on the screen.

    One would think that the biggest software company in the world would have figured out how users could print its maps. (OTOH, the gmail spellcheck is almost non-functional as well - unable to produce a correct spelling for the simplest of misspelled words.)

    Anyone discovered a trick for printing out a legible google map?


    Screen print into MS Paint and then you can crop, draw, make arrows, text, and all that kind of stuff.

    Is a little confusing why you can't print this directly from Google Maps after all of these years.
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    Jan 28, 2016 3:25 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Is a little confusing why you can't print this directly from Google Maps after all of these years.

    It puzzles me, too. I've never encountered this myself, but that's using an Apple Mac. It simply prints directly from Google Maps as displayed, nice & sharp with full colors, no need for extra steps.

    A suggestion above that the printer is working in "Draft" or "Economy" mode could be an answer, requiring resetting the Preferences (returning to Default settings is a good starting point). Or maybe it's some quirky behavior of the PC print driver software.

    Still, I'd imagine the software drivers have been updated over the years. Apple automatically sends me OS updates several times a year, that often includes new drivers, and Microsoft does similar. And most printer manufacturers let you do free downloads of the latest drivers directly from their web sites.
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    Jan 28, 2016 6:14 PM GMT
    Some of you guys might be printing maps of urban areas. Google maps depicts rural areas as "off white" and the roads are "slightly less off-white". In satellite view, they are "transparent off-white". The actual photographs of roads are generally too narrow to be seen at any useful scale. Especially if they go under trees.

    I used to print out a map and include it with other project paperwork when I had to go take a sample at some remote location. Now those maps are utterly useless. I wasted an afternoon once, trying all sorts of things to make them legible. The phone has GPS, but no cellular signal in many of the canyons or more than one mountain away from the interstate. Now I just download all the area maps into the MotionX app, so it doesn't need a cellular signal. That doesn't always work because all of these maps (including Google) often mistake gated private ranch roads for public roads, or think two nearby roads connect, when in fact there is 500 feet elevation difference, etc.
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    Jan 28, 2016 9:49 PM GMT
    Sam27 saidlol hilarious. i guess old generation used to see is the icon that says print.


    new generation now click on command button and p for print. or there is a three bar on the left side next to the search and it will give you the opinion - print.


    What's 'command button' ?
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    Jan 28, 2016 10:58 PM GMT
    Not so hilarious: The younger generation is lacking in reading comprehension. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 29, 2016 12:18 AM GMT
    Sam27 saidCommand button is for Mac keyboards.

    Windows - Click on Control (CTRL) and P for print.


    I was joking. No Mac in this house and never will be.
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    Jan 29, 2016 12:20 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree said
    Is a little confusing why you can't print this directly from Google Maps after all of these years.

    It puzzles me, too. I've never encountered this myself, but that's using an Apple Mac. It simply prints directly from Google Maps as displayed, nice & sharp with full colors, no need for extra steps.

    A suggestion above that the printer is working in "Draft" or "Economy" mode could be an answer, requiring resetting the Preferences (returning to Default settings is a good starting point). Or maybe it's some quirky behavior of the PC print driver software.

    Still, I'd imagine the software drivers have been updated over the years. Apple automatically sends me OS updates several times a year, that often includes new drivers, and Microsoft does similar. And most printer manufacturers let you do free downloads of the latest drivers directly from their web sites.


    Prints fine on my color laser, but on my black and white it's worthless.
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    Jan 29, 2016 3:19 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure you can download portions of maps for offline access. Alternatively, just screen shot them on your phone if you're worried about not having a connection while traveling.
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    Jan 29, 2016 11:40 AM GMT
    xrichx saidPrint Screen. Paste image into Word doc. Send to printer.

    Crack open a beer. Enjoy.
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    Easy af.
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    Jan 29, 2016 2:57 PM GMT
    given the smart phone of choice put the destination into the street map application.
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    Jan 29, 2016 5:53 PM GMT
    paracosm saidI'm pretty sure you can download portions of maps for offline access. Alternatively, just screen shot them on your phone if you're worried about not having a connection while traveling.


    Good idea - but it is a lot easier to glance at a paper map of a small area while driving, than reading it off the phone. I have a gps device, but rarely take it while driving in the city - too much hassle to prevent a car break-in and have it stolen while parked. (Since the DA in San Francisco stopped prosecuting car burglars, the police have stopped any efforts to catch them, and the rate of car break-ins is now astronomical here.)
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    Jan 29, 2016 6:55 PM GMT
    Ask teacher. Maybe teacher can help you!

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/jail-teacher-arrested-allegedly-helping-escaped-inmates/story?id=36583430
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    Jan 29, 2016 8:31 PM GMT
    Why waste paper? Screen save it on you phone (to save juice or out of range) for reference. Or snip from lap top and send message.

    You could make your own AAA TRIP TIX, every 20 or 50 miles.
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    Jan 29, 2016 9:22 PM GMT
    timmm55 saidWhy waste paper? Screen save it on you phone (to save juice or out of range) for reference. Or snip from lap top and send message.

    You could make your own AAA TRIP TIX, every 20 or 50 miles.


    I don't waste much paper these days and just use google maps and navigation. I don't even need to see the screen, but instead listen to the verbal turn by turn instructions.
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    Jan 29, 2016 10:38 PM GMT
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    timmm55 saidWhy waste paper? Screen save it on you phone (to save juice or out of range) for reference. Or snip from lap top and send message.

    You could make your own AAA TRIP TIX, every 20 or 50 miles.


    I don't waste much paper these days and just use google maps and navigation. I don't even need to see the screen, but instead listen to the verbal turn by turn instructions.


    I still think maps are better for some things. You learn the lay of the land rather than just where to turn. I could increase the field area, but maps are still good at the same time.

    I don't bother with the Magellan very often, just Google on the phone.
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    Jan 29, 2016 11:10 PM GMT
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    timmm55 saidWhy waste paper? Screen save it on you phone (to save juice or out of range) for reference. Or snip from lap top and send message.

    You could make your own AAA TRIP TIX, every 20 or 50 miles.


    I don't waste much paper these days and just use google maps and navigation. I don't even need to see the screen, but instead listen to the verbal turn by turn instructions.


    I still think maps are better for some things. You learn the lay of the land rather than just where to turn. I could increase the field area, but maps are still good at the same time.

    I don't bother with the Magellan very often, just Google on the phone.


    I spend plenty of time studying maps, demographics, competing retailers, etc., before I leave the house. Once in the car, I just need to get there. Google maps is a big help for reading those street signs as this old geezer's eyes start to go south. I don't want to behave like a Florida driver until absolutely necessary.
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    Jan 31, 2016 6:59 AM GMT
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    HikerSkier saidI remember, quite a few years ago, I could print out a legible map from google.maps. For years now, this has been impossible - one gets an almost invisibly light print, not exactly of the map that was on the screen.

    One would think that the biggest software company in the world would have figured out how users could print its maps. (OTOH, the gmail spellcheck is almost non-functional as well - unable to produce a correct spelling for the simplest of misspelled words.)

    Anyone discovered a trick for printing out a legible google map?


    Screen print into MS Paint and then you can crop, draw, make arrows, text, and all that kind of stuff.

    Is a little confusing why you can't print this directly from Google Maps after all of these years.

    Google Maps does so much more now. All the functionality is rendered in real time with javascript and other web magic. Renders great on screen, but not so much on the printer.
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    Jan 31, 2016 7:09 AM GMT
    xrichx saidRenders great on screen, but not so much on the printer.

    Because they make Android phones and tablets, not Android printers.   icon_lol.gif