How to Find Things with the Nexus 7 Tablet Maps App

The Maps app on the Nexus 7 tablet can help you find places in the real world, just like the Google app helps you find places on the Internet. Both operations work basically the same:

Open the Maps app and type something to find into the Search text box. You can type a variety of terms into the Search box.

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How to find out where you are with the Nexus 7 Maps app

The Maps app shows your location as a blue dot on the screen. But where is that? If you need to phone a tow truck, you can’t say, “I’m the blue triangle on the gray slab by the green thing.”

Well, you can say that, but it probably won’t do any good.

To find your current street address, or any street address, long-press a location on the Maps screen. Up pops a card that gives your approximate address.

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If you touch the card, you see a screen with more details and additional information.

  • This trick works only when the tablet has Internet access. If Internet access isn’t available, the Maps app is unable to communicate with the Google map servers.

  • To make the card go away, touch anywhere else on the map.

  • The time under the travel icon indicates how far away the address is from your current location. If the address is too far away, you see the Route icon, as shown in the margin.

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  • What’s really fun to play with is the Street View command. Choosing it displays the location from a 360-degree perspective. In Street view, you can browse a locale, pan and tilt, or zoom in on details to familiarize yourself with an area, for example — whether you’re familiarizing yourself with a location or planning a burglary.

How to look for a specific address on the Nexus 7 Maps app

To locate an address, type it into the Search box; for example:

1313 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92803

Touch the Search button on the keyboard, and that location is then shown on the map.

  • You don’t need to type the entire address. Oftentimes, all you need is the street number and street name and then either the city name or zip code.

  • If you omit the city name or zip code, the Nexus 7 looks for the closest matching address near your current location.

  • Touch the X button in the Search box to clear the previous search.

How to find a business, restaurant, or point of interest on the Nexus 7 Maps app

You may not know an address, but you know when you crave sushi or Hungarian or perhaps the exotic flavors of Canada. Maybe you need a hotel or a gas station, or you have to find a place that buys old dentures. To find a business entity or a point of interest, type its name in the Search box; for example:

Movie theater

This command flags movie theaters on the current Maps screen or nearby.

Specify your current location to find locations near you. Otherwise, the Maps app looks for places near the area you see on the screen.

Or you can be specific and look for businesses near a certain location by specifying the city name, district, or zip code, such as

Liquor 02554

After typing this command and touching the Search button, you see a smattering of tippling establishments found near Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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To see more information about a result, touch its card. Or choose Results List to see a whole swath of cards. After touching a card, you can view more details.

You can touch the Route button on the restaurant’s (or any location’s) details screen to get directions.

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  • Every red dot on the screen represents a search result.

  • Spread your fingers on the touchscreen to zoom in to the map.

How to search for favorite or recent places on the Nexus 7 Maps app

The Maps app lets you search for things in the real world just like the Chrome app lets you find stuff on the Internet. And just as you can bookmark favorite websites on the Internet, you can mark favorite places in the real world.

To visit your favorite places or browse your recent map searches, touch the Saved Places icon at the top of the Maps app screen. If you don’t see the icon, touch the X button in the Search box.

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The My Places window sports various categories of places you’ve starred (marked as favorites), locations you’ve recently searched for, or places you’ve been.

  • Mark a location as a favorite by touching the star button when you view the location’s details.

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  • The Recently Accessed Places list allows you to peruse items you’ve located or searched for recently.

  • Touch the App icon to return to the Maps app when you’re done looking at saved places.

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