Sometimes I wish to rotate a map. I can do this with scribblemaps, but it is more of a drawing tool then a plain map view.

Is there a better solution?

4 Answers 4


Google Maps has a set of features in Labs just like GMail does.

  • Click the green labs icon: labs
  • Enable Rotatable Maps: Rotatable Maps
  • Save changes
  • In the maps, click the Rot Map button in the upper right of the map.

  • Rotate the map using the dial in the upper left of the map. dial

  • 4
    Does a similar feature exist in the current version of Google Maps? Where even is the Labs option?
    – WAF
    Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 11:23
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    No more labs for google maps anymore This answer has been 100% obsolete since 2011 Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 21:52

This is how you do it as of ~November 27, 2019:

  1. In the bottom left corner, hover over the "Layers" box and then click the "More" box: "More" box

  2. Select the "Satellite" map type and check the box for "Globe view": enter image description here

  3. Now, the Ctrl + Shift + Drag method should work.

  • I could not get this to work in Chrome, Brave, Opera, or Safari.
    – mr.cook
    Commented Dec 11, 2021 at 15:58
  • If you are using a Mac, I imagine you would need to use the Command key () rather than the Ctrl key.
    – sfarbota
    Commented May 19, 2022 at 7:12


That has already been answered... but...

You could always try the Aviary Screen Capture Google Chrome Extension.

It will allow you to rotate anything in your browser.

Look what it did to this page! http://rookery9.aviary.com.s3.amazonaws.com/4572500/4572980_2bc4_625x625.jpg

  • But does it keep the labels the corect way up so they are skill easy to read? Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 7:09
  • Aviary have withdrawn the service so it's a moot question I am afraid.
    – Metalshark
    Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 9:31
  1. Trigger "Satellite" mode on the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift and drag with your mouse to rotate.

If you click on "Map" mode it will go back to the original position, though.

Option #2: Try a different map style from https://mapstyle.withgoogle.com and rotate it on Photoshop or similar.

Option #3: Try https://www.openstreetmap.org

Option #4: Try https://www.maptiler.com/maps/#positron//vector/16.07/-43.929654/-19.936152/149.60. Rotate the map with right click and drag.

  • for my purposes, maptuiler ended up being exactly what i needed! thank you!
    – phsyron
    Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 23:43
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    Looks like the Ctrl+Shift+Drag (or any other combinations of Ctrl, Shift, and Alt) doesn't work anymore...
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 16:38

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