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They are very annoying when you're trying to drop the orange token on some road without having to zoom up the map previously.

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Can you add screenshot, please? –  Alex Apr 27 '12 at 4:16
My post referred to the Street View orange token (the "little man"), not to the pictures displayed on regular maps: imgur.com/a/Pngcf You need to drag it and move it around a map for the blue dots to appear. They are not disabled by the option you suggest me, and if you accidently drop the token on a dot instead of a road, Google will open the Panoramio view instead of Street View. –  screener Apr 27 '12 at 20:30
These are the blue dots Screener is mentioning: i.imgur.com/YUrAP.png –  JonathanMumm Apr 27 '12 at 20:40
Also, here's a corresponding Google Groups thread about the same issue, also unresolved with the status of "You can't turn them off". groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!topic/maps/… –  JonathanMumm Apr 27 '12 at 20:43
I don’t know why, but I think they are considered (or treated) to be in the same category as the roads, thus can’t be turned off. –  Alex Apr 27 '12 at 20:51

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It is currently not possible to separate those off-street locations from the street locations through the normal interface, if that is how you wish to be able to hide them.

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This is not to say that in the future, Google might not add a tag to those blue dot locations to be able to filter them out. I am just saying that currently they are all part of the same feature. Those blue dots are still "street view". –  Bon Gart May 1 '12 at 17:55
Bon, please try to be more concise and avoid trying to assume things about users when creating replies. You said "What you don't understand" a couple times, while I'm more familiar with this system than you. I already knew all that, and all this smug wall of text doesn't answer my question. I'll leave this open for the day when this option becomes available. –  screener May 3 '12 at 15:48
@screener My apologies. I did make the incorrect assumption that you saw the first line of my post. "It is currently not possible to separate those off-street locations from the street locations." That is indeed an answer to your question. You are correct in that it was my error to attempt to explain why it was not possible. Since you know more about the system than I do, you already know why it is currently not possible. Makes me wonder why you asked the question in the first place. I shall remove everything after my first sentence. –  Bon Gart May 3 '12 at 18:20
It is possible, Bon: twitter.com/#!/NC17/status/5898346567 It's just not available in the GUI yet. That's what I was trying to make sure when I created this thread. –  screener May 3 '12 at 19:39
So... it isn't possible, but it is possible. You asked if it is possible, and you already know it is possible, but you wanted to know if it was possible through the normal interface, without making that distinction. Ok. Let me edit my answer then to reflect this. –  Bon Gart May 3 '12 at 19:43

As I said in the comment above, I don’t know why, but I think they are considered (or treated) to be in the same category as the roads, thus can’t be turned off.

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The dots are blue and the roads appear blue. As Alex states, for the time being they are treated just like the road. If they were not being treated similarly, I would assume they would appear in a different color than blue. Therefore, unfortunately you will not be able to disable this feature.

Hopefully it will not be too long! A Google employee is making sure it’s passed along. (See here.)

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Layers. That's what this is about. It is a GIS (geographic information system), which displays data on a map in layers.

Think of 'crepes' layered on your plate. If you had jam smeared on one crepe, and peanut butter on another layer on top, then the jam and peanut butter are separated. Pull the lower crepe off your plate - the jam is gone from your 'visible' plate, but you can still see the peanut butter. Right?

Now imagine just one crepe. But you have both jam and peanut butter smeared on it. Remove the crepe and you remove both the jam and peanut butter from your 'vision' of the plate. Want to remove only the jam and leave the peanut butter, like in my previous example? Sorry, no-can-do - both go, or neither goes.

Until Google separates the blue dots from the blue lines, you'll have only that one 'crepe' on the map. Sorry.

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