Google Maps may be in your Google Docs

Over the past few months, Google Docs has beefed up support for its “bullets,” which are shortcuts available by typing the @ symbol in a document. Now there is an updated chip to add places from Google Maps.

The Google Maps location chip was added to Google Docs last year. It lets you type the @ symbol in a document, paste a Google Maps link, then hit the space or enter key to generate a smart link. Clicking on the generated link in a document will bring up a pop-up window with the full address, a preview of the map, and the option to view the location in a full Google Maps window.

Google is making the chip more useful because you can now type addresses directly instead of first finding a location on Maps and copying the link. Once you find the right place, the link will shorten to give the name of the place. By clicking on it, you will get all the available information, as before.

The updated Google Maps chip means you don’t have to open a map in another tab to check if you’ve typed an address correctly – if Google has the right information, anyway. The direct link to Google Maps is also useful, as it gives anyone viewing your document one-click access to more data and map directions.

Google started rolling out this new feature on August 22, 2022, and more people will get it around September 8.

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