How to Hide Labels in Google Maps

By Shawn Farner

Google Maps is an online service that allows you to view maps of almost any location in the world. You can also use Google Maps to generate directions from one location to another. A map on Google Maps can display a number of different labels, including traffic, photos, terrain, related Wikipedia entries and more. You can turn off these labels and view a normal map by following a few steps.

Step 1

Visit the Google Maps homepage (see Resources).

Step 2

Enter the location you'd like to view a map of in the top search box, then click "Search Maps."

Step 3

Hover your mouse over the "Traffic" button located on the right side of the map. This shows more label options.

Click on any labels you'd like to hide to remove the check mark next to them. The labels disappear from the map when unchecked.