The search box in the upper right hand corner of a map allows data to be used for searching and filtering as well as finding the nearest location. To find a pin closest to an address, use the search by typing in the address and hitting enter (or clicking on the search icon). The address will be sent to Google to get the latitude and longitude coordinates and the nearest location in your dataset will be shown and displayed on the map.

Filter data as well

The search box also functions as a filter box. If you are looking for something and don't quite remember what it is, just type in the search box and after a few characters a list of items will display. If you select an item, such as a city name, with multiple mapped locations, the map will zoom in to display only those items. Most of the data from the spreadsheet is automatically entered into the searchable range, making for easy filtering on similar data. This should not be confused with the predefined filters that are created in advanced maps that can allow different data columns to be filtered. However, in some situations they can function the same way, such as if a city is filtered on in the search box and filters are setup for the city.

The filtering and searching of the search box can be customized by the following steps:

  1. Paste your data into the form
  2. Click "Set Options"
  3. Click "Show Advanced Options"
  4. Click "show" next to "Search Box Customizations"
  5. Select the Searchable columns
  6. Set other search options (pin on matching address or map centering based on result) as desired

Zoom in Searching vs Filtering

Another search option is the "Zoom In Search Box" option. This determines whether the search box will zoom into the matches or filter the matches. If the matches are filtered, items that do not match the search will be hidden. Otherwise the map will be zoomed into the matching results (and display results that do not match).

Filter By Marker Color (marker type)

Show up to to 20 different marker colors on a map. When using different marker colors a category legend appears below the map to allow certain markers to be selected and deselected. See the support section for adding marker colors.

Custom pins can be used to filter on more than 20 different markers as well as to have unique markers represent certain types of data.