Frequently Asked Questions

Can I print a map?

Please refer to

How do I use a map?


This moves the map up and down and from side to side. Much like sliding a page around on a desk in front of you. Click and hold the map using your left mouse button and then move your mouse to move the map OR use the pan buttons :

Pan Buttons

Simply click on one of the arrows to map the map along in that direction by one notch.


Use the slider along the left hand side to zoom the map in or out :

Zoom Slider

This will make an area larger so that you can see more detail.

Map Type

Use the Map Type Buttons to change the type of map displayed :

Map Type Buttons

The 3 buttons show the following views:

  • Map - A simple view that shows land, water, borders, cities and roads
  • Satellite - A real life image of the area in question captured from a satellite. Some areas of the earth have a higher resolution than others such as large cities or tourist attractions.
  • Hybrid - A combination or Map and Satellite views

Can a tool be used to do XYZ instead?

If you wish a tool do something similar but slightly different or in a different way please contact Free Map Tools using the online contact form. We do respond to most queries even if the answer is no!

How do I Contact Free Map Tools?

The best way to contact Free Map Tools is to use the online form. Remember to include your email address if you require a response. All efforts are made to respond to all enquires as soon as possible.

A Tool isn't Working for me

IE6 Users

There have been reports of maps not loading in IE6. The suggestion is to:

  • wait a bit longer as occasionally IE6 will say "Done" when it is still loading (slowly)
  • lower your Internet security settings to allow active scripts (see this guidance)

If you are still having problems then please contact us as described below


If something on this website does not appear to be working then we do want to hear from you. Please contact Free Map Tools via email. Remember to include your email address if you require a response. Please provide details of..

  • The page you are on (the URL address)
  • The error/problem you are experiencing
  • What you have done to make this happen
  • What web browser are you using Internet Explorer / Firefox / Opera / Safari...
  • What OS do you have Windows XP / Windows Vista / Mac / Debian Linux ...
  • A screen shot of the problem

All efforts are made to respond to all enquires as soon as possible, but please remember that Free Map Tools guarantees nothing is terms of support, only our good will to help users out.

Can I implement this on my website?

Free Map Tools does not encourage or support any functionality provided being implemented on other websites. There will be no free support given and no guarantee that any results will be accurate. If you wish to discuss custom / paid for solutions, please contact us.

Previous Comments For This Page

Hi Mike, the data comes from the Google Maps Elevation API. I'm not sure about the original source or year of the data.
By Free Map Tools on 14/10/2015

Great tool for searching for archeological sites (indian mounds, American Civil War redoubts, etc.) that have disappeared due to urbanization. Can you tell me where the US elevations come from and what time period they cover? Thanks a lot.
By Mike Larkin on 13/10/2015

Great tool for searching for American Civil War gun positions that are now under houses and expressways. Where to the US elevations come from? Thanks a lot.
By Mike Larkin on 13/10/2015

TH, How Far Can I Travel uses a database of roads and some additional walking routes, but it wont be comprehensive so there will be limitations.
By Free Map Tools on 02/09/2015

HI there, does the "how far can I travel" walking setting take into account specific walking routes or is it just run on the A/B & minor roads?
By TH on 02/09/2015

Hi Jon, I assume you are talking about the page Radius Around a Point on a Map. Please expand [Colours and Line Thickness], under [Fill Colour], choose the [Clear] option.
By Free Map Tools on 28/07/2015

How does one remove the radius shading so the map can be clearly viewed on the iPhone 6 version?
By Jon on 28/07/2015

Hi Alan, this is not possible, but out of interest, on which page would you like this to happen?
By Free Map Tools on 17/03/2015

How do I just enter specific zip codes and have only them appear as a pin
By alan on 17/03/2015

May I ask give me some information about the method of population calculation. Thanks
By Rita on 26/02/2015

Curiously, almost anywhere you are on habitable Earth, the exact opposite side is water. Just goes to show how much water covers the Earth.
By Skeen on 24/01/2015

Thank you, I wish Google Maps had such functionality integrated. Great work and thanks for having such a helpful site.
By Mosin on 22/01/2015

Hi Richard, the precision of the lat/lng doesn't match up the accuracy. Its something we have never considered but you make a valid point.
By Free Map Tools on 18/12/2014

Hi Garry, which page are you referring to?
By Free Map Tools on 16/12/2014

is there a way to use feet when measuring? But this is great anyhow.
By Garry on 16/12/2014

How come so many of the latitudes and longitudes are presented to such high apparent precision? The seventh decimal place corresponds to about a metre.
By Richard on 23/11/2014

Hi Brian, we have added a new option to the Settings inside the User Menu. This lets you change the size of the marker.
By Free Map Tools on 03/11/2014

Can I change the icon from a balloon to something smaller? The balloon is so large it is sometimes in the way of the next point.
By Brian on 01/11/2014

Hi Sheryl, Just to check, counties for which country?
By Free Map Tools on 30/09/2014

I really, really, really need to have the counties outlined.
By Sheryl on 26/09/2014

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