Until a couple of days ago, one of my favorite Google Maps bookmarks had been the following (set up as a Chrome search engine with the keyword
https://maps.google.com/maps?output=classic&q=%s. This let me quickly display a map of a location or set of directions without having to fuss around with buttons and data entry. For example, I could type
gm 1600 pennsylvania ave, washington, dc into the URL bar and immediately get a map of the White House. Or,
gm from:boston, ma to:cincinnati, oh to:los angeles, ca to get directions from Boston to Cincinnati to Los Angeles. Or,
gm restaurants near:sandpoint, id would give me a map of all restaurants in Sandpoint, Idaho. Fast, easy, direct, and to the point; nothing between me and the information I want.
My bookmark broke about a year ago when Google switched to their glitzy new mapping system (which I hate, but that's just me). Inserting the
output=classic term fixed that for a while, but now even that directs to the new mapping system. Even using the new Maps, typing text directions into the map search box fails: you have to click "Directions" and then fill in two different search fields to get what you want, and I can't even find a way to do multiple destinations. What was once a quick and easy search is now extended data entry. (It feels a lot like Mapquest used to be, requiring that users type each portion of an address into different fields, rather than being able to handle a complete address.)
Question: is there a way I can still do this with Google Maps? If not, is there some other service (Mapquest has come a long way) that will let me do this?
Edit: to be clear, there are (at least) three separate ways I could use that original shortcut:
- Go to a specific location
- Find all matching items near a specific location
- Get directions from place A to place B, and perhaps to places C, D and E