April 9, 2007

Google Maps Useless WhiteSpace

Category: Internet


I really love Google Maps. There's one problem with it though. When you search for something and get a typo, you typically get a left-hand sidebar with suggestions about what you might have done wrong. This is vaguely useful, but usually I just want to re-type in what I'm looking for and get on with life. The sidebar takes up a huge amount of space and there is no "X" to get rid of it. The only way to remove it is to perform a successful search.

But now the problem is 100x worse. Now this useless sidebar appears all the time. And there does not appear to be any way to get rid of it. If you have a small screen, or just appreciate a full screen map like me, then you are continually offended by the presence of this un-close-able sidebar. Please, Google, give it a close button!!!

Posted by Nick at April 9, 2007 10:32 AM


You can click the divider between the sidebar and the map and it slides away (or back out again).

Posted by: Gareth Simpson at April 9, 2007 12:19 PM

Sure, you can click the divider, but you can't provide a link that makes sure it's closed, and it always comes back the next time you visit the site; both should be possible.

Posted by: Paul Mison at May 20, 2007 11:45 AM

It does however address the "there does not appear to be any way to get rid of it." issue. I welcome your Greasemonkey script ;)

Posted by: Phil Wilson at May 20, 2007 4:37 PM

Ahhh... yes! Thank god. But it would have been nice of them to put a little "X" there or something. I never would have thought of that - I kept trying to drag the divider.

Posted by: Peyton Saul at May 22, 2007 10:34 AM

Ohh...Thank you very much Gareth..I too facing the similar problem when using Google map,hope somebody come up with permanent solution...
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Posted by: sakthi at June 5, 2007 7:10 AM

Yes, I was wrestling with it as a "drag" artifact.

It is not clear what action gets rid of the window and goes against convention.

Posted by: Steven at July 6, 2007 7:50 AM

Praise Jesus I finally have my big map back.

Posted by: John Doe at July 16, 2007 12:34 PM

Why would any of you want Google Maps when there's {FREE!] Google Earth?

Posted by: John Foster at November 20, 2007 10:59 AM

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