Zooming on Google Maps

I realise this probably isn’t worth a blog entry, but I just want to record something weird yet annoying which happened when I was using Google Maps on Saturday. It’s one of my favourite websites, allowing me to whiz around and explore the globe from the comfort of my computer. To avoid having to use the mouse too much, I find it easier to use the arrow keys on my keyboard to move around the map, and the plus and minus keys to zoom in and out of it. On Saturday, though, instead of zooming in or out, whenever I pressed plus or minus, strings of +++ or — started to appear in the search box. I couldn’t work out why it was doing it or what had changed, and it very quickly became extremely annoying.

I spent a while trying to work out how to fix it, without luck, before giving up. This morning though, listening to the cricket test match, I thought I would check out Sri Lanka on the map. I googled it and opened the map page. To test my luck I thought I would try to zoom in and – what do you know? – it worked perfectly. It seems that if there is something in the search box already, I could still use the plus and minus keys to zoom in and out, but not if there wasn’t. That struck me as very, very weird indeed: almost weird enough to blog about.

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