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Recently Google made a really terrible change of not allowing the user to click the map in search results, who knows why. It normally opened Google Maps with the given location. I heard it's related to some EU changes and the problem exists only in Europe.

I accepted some Google popup asking for permission to enable cross-service integrations or something like that. But that changed nothing.

Now I also noticed on another account from the same country - Poland - that it is working there in the same browser. So I must be missing some Google permission or switch that wasn't turned on.

Does anyone have a workaround for this? It's doable with userscript of course, which I might write if no alternative appear, but I'd prefer a quicker and Google-based solution that works in all browsers where I'm logged in, if possible.

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Maybe not the solution you wanted but I created a Chrome extension, Google Maps QuickClick - Search to Maps, that fixes this and returns clickable map images to the search page.

Instantly open Google Maps from Search page by clicking on a map image or the new button.

Revive the ease of direct Google Maps access with this simple extension.

Click on any static map in your search results to open Google Maps instantly or enjoy the convenience of an 'Open Google Maps' button embedded within all interactive map results.

  • Works reliably for all location searches, even those with incomplete or misspelled addresses
  • Google Maps opens to the correct location as shown in static map images
  • Accurately handles searches for distant locations, ensuring the correct place is shown on Google Maps
  • Supports scenarios with multiple map images on a search results page, making each one clickable and accurately linked to its respective location
  • Supports dark mode
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  • Thanks, I've seen that one. Doesn't meet my criteria of being readily available in all browsers, but could be useful for someone else.
    – Destroy666
    Apr 8 at 20:45

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