Create or open a map

Creating or opening a map depends on what kind of map you’d like to work with and your preferred platform:

1. Digital Maps:

Creating a map:

  • Google My Maps: This free service allows you to create personalized maps with markers, lines, shapes, and text. You can share them with others or keep them private. Available on computers and mobile devices.
    Image of Google My Maps interface
  • Other map creation tools: Many online and offline software options like ArcGIS, QGIS, and Mapbox Studio offer advanced features for creating detailed and interactive maps.

Opening a map:

  • Google Maps: Search for specific locations or browse existing maps shared by others. Get directions, view traffic conditions, and explore various map views. Available on computers and mobile devices.
    Image of Google Maps app
  • Offline maps: Download offline maps of specific areas for use without internet access. Useful for travel or exploring remote locations. Available in most map apps and online platforms.
  • Third-party map apps: Many apps like OpenStreetMap, Waze, and Citymapper offer different functionalities and features for navigation and map exploration.

2. Physical Maps:

  • Buy a physical map: Visit a bookstore or stationery store to purchase a paper map of your desired area. Choose from various scales and formats like wall maps, road atlases, or city guides.
  • Print a map: Print a map found online or created with software. Consider paper quality and size for optimal use.

Additional tips:

  • Specify your purpose: Knowing what you want to use the map for, like navigation, planning a trip, or visualizing data, helps choose the best platform and features.
  • Consider your audience: If sharing your map, choose a format and platform accessible to your viewers.
  • Explore resources: Online tutorials and guides offer detailed instructions on using different map creation tools and platforms.