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How can I measure the distance between two points in Google Maps? I just can't find any solution for it!

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I'd suggest using Google Earth instead. –  Hand-E-Food Dec 21 '11 at 4:22

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There's a distance measurement tool present in Google Maps Labs. To enable this, click on Google Maps settings ( the Gear Icon) & select Google Maps Labs (or just go to the labs page directly). Enable distance measurement tool

Maps Measurement

Once this is done, you'll see a ruler on the bottom left corner of the map, click on it to enable Distance measurement mode & then click on Start & End points.

Measuring distance

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As of RIGHT NOW, the Distance Measurement Tool icon isn't showing up for me, despite enabling it in Maps Labs. –  Nikki Erwin Ramirez Aug 15 '12 at 14:01
@NikkiErwinRamirez it's still there for me i.imgur.com/xOWjf.png –  Sathya Aug 15 '12 at 14:03
STRANGE. I really don't have it, even if I force the ftr=1 URL parameter: i.imgur.com/EEydQ.png –  Nikki Erwin Ramirez Aug 16 '12 at 6:15
For me Maps Labs is in the bottom left-hand corner of my screen when the left pane is opened out. –  pnuts Apr 23 '14 at 8:01

You can enable the Distance Measurement Tool from the Labs section of Google Maps.

Distance Measurement Tool

Measure the distance of a path on the Earth

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If you mean straight-line distance, then start to create a custom map and draw a line on it. Note the length that the line is (it's shown in the line dialog box) - then abandon your custom map without saving.

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This is great, as it is a built-in tool in Maps. You can measure the distance of any custom path you create, not only just a straight line. –  jcisio Dec 27 '11 at 6:38

Check out Planimeter app on Google Play. It makes all kinds of measurements on Google Maps, it's paid though.

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You can use my Chrome extension named Maps Ruler for Google Maps to measure distance in Google Maps.

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Log into google maps with your gmail account. Under the button for "create map" click "or create with Classic My Maps" and name your new map in the title field. The fully featured hand drag, location pin drop, and measurement line tool icons will reappear on the map where they used to be in earlier versions of google maps, in the upper left of the map, enabling you to select the measurement line tool and click along the route you want to measure, and save the route along with the pin drop custom place locations. Click the line tool again to complete your route outline, which gives measurements by start to finish dynamically as you draw.

When you want to find your map again, remember to click "google classic maps" again under your maps list, since google's new default maps view doesn't show the classic custom maps by default.

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