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May 19, 2011

Google Maps OneBox Outlines

Google's OneBox displayed when you search for the name of a country, a city or a zip code got smarter. Google added an outline around the location you want to find, so the map is even more useful. For example, try searching for [Bronx], [Detroit 48238], [Baku], [Paraguay map].

Chris, a reader of this blog, says that he used CityData before noticing the new Google feature. While CityData is only useful for the US, the Google Maps OneBox is displayed for almost any city in the world.

{ via Search Engine Land. Thanks, Chris. }


  1. This is either a rolling update or a limited trial. The new feature is not (yet) showing up when I try the example searches.



  2. Awesome. I've been looking forward to a feature like this. Thanks for the tip, Alex.

    (P.S. I'm in the same boat as Scrvpvlvs [MetaEd], above, on being unable to see the functionality, currently.)

  3. I wish there was a way to carry over this functionality to the actual view.

  4. I agree with MrCalifornia. Hopefully, carrying the outline over to Google Maps will be a future roll out.

  5. This is excellent. But agree with others. We need the ability to toggle this on/off within google maps itself. Sometimes hard to see the faint dashed lines between states or countries. It would be nice to have the option to view the more prominent marking when desired at any zoom level.