Google Maps used to show street names, all the way down to minor back roads if you zoomed in enough. Now, those seem to be gone. Is is possible that I've accidentally changed a setting that displays street names, or is this some bewildering new "feature" of some sort?

In response to the comments, here's a screenshot:

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...and my browser info:

Google Chrome 18.0.under Mac OSX 10.6.8. Street labels sometimes appear at different zoom levels, but not always.

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    I still see street names. Can you give a screenshot or link to a specific map where you see this problem? Mar 30, 2012 at 20:48
  • Agreed, like @WilliamJackson, I can see street names. More info will be needed to troubleshoot this problem.
    – JW8
    Mar 30, 2012 at 23:16
  • Disable WebGL maps.
    – dnbrv
    Mar 31, 2012 at 5:05
  • @dnbrv - How do I do that? Mar 31, 2012 at 15:21
  • @neilfein: Open Google Maps and look at the bottom of the sidebar on the left.
    – dnbrv
    Mar 31, 2012 at 15:38

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Judging by the screenshot (the zoom slider), you have WebGL enabled. It renders the visuals slightly differently and might bring some artifacts. (On my computer, the loading/rendering process looks strange but the end result is always working fine.)

To turn off WebGL in Google Maps, open the site and look at the lower left corner of the screen (bottom of the side bar). There's the button labeled Classic - click it.

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Note that disabling WebGL will also disable some of the features, such as 3D buildings and 45° imagery.


For the updated Google Maps (2014), opt to go back to the old Google Maps. Click on the little gear looking icon at the bottom of the screen.


Block your Flash player plugin on Google maps, in Firefox next to the back button.


It's now called ROADS and is a LAYER - Usefully it's turned off. You dont need to lose Glide (but I prefer it without anyway)

  • I'm not seeing a "Roads" layer. The "Labels" layer removes street names when using the Satellite view, but on the Map view the street names are there by default and "Labels" can't be de-selected.
    – ale
    Aug 16, 2012 at 17:37
  • My experience is the same as @AlEverett - DAve, can you post a screenshot of this on your end? Aug 16, 2012 at 19:10

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