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3. Customize Your Map

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In the last video, you made a customized map in Google My Maps that shows the locations in your area guide as clickable points.

To create those points, you imported the data you collected and organized in Google Sheets.

My Maps allows you to do more than simply add data.

This video will show you some other ways to customize your map.

Editing items in your map does not change the text in your spreadsheet.

Once you import a sheet into My Maps, any changes you make are made to the map only.

To see more information about a particular place, click on a place marker on your map.

You can: Edit the name of the location...

Change the color of your place marker...

Change the icons for each location...

You can even add an image or a video to each location marker.

To manually add a new place marker to your map, enter the name of a place or an address in the search box.

Add it to the map.

Then, edit the information about the place.

If a location does not appear on the map, create your own marker!

Then, fill in the information about the point yourself.

Take time to explore the tools and features in My Maps.

This is your chance to make the map your own.

To see your map from a user’s point-of-view, click preview.

When you’re done exploring, move on to the next video where you’ll add a link to this map to your area guide.


  1. Explore tools and features in My Maps.
  2. Edit the title or appearance of a place marker.
  3. Add a new marker.
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