The Google Maps ‘Measure distance’ tool is used to calculate the distance between two or more points on a map.

The tool displays the distance measurement in a small window, and it is this window where users are experiencing issues with small font sizes.


The small font size is making it difficult for some users to read the measurement, especially for those with visual impairments or older users.

Google Maps ‘Measure distance’ font or text size too small

Some Google Maps users have recently reported (1,2,3,4,5) that the font size on the mileage measurement tool has become too small.

This issue has been observed in the Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox web browsers, and has been ongoing for a few days.

Why is the “Measure Distance” Tool Tiny?

I was using the “measure distance” tool in Google Maps and it was displaying at a fraction of a size that it used to. Why is it showing up so small?,-87.646343,14z

The problem was initially raised on Google’s support forum, where a user posted a query asking how to increase the font size of the distance measurement tool back to its normal size.

The post has since garnered 225 upvotes, indicating that it is likely a widespread problem.

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The issue has also been discussed in other online forums such as Reddit and the Money Saving Expert forum.

Potential workaround

We have come across a potential workaround that has been suggested by a user on the Money Saving Expert forum.

Hi, try using Ctrl key and + key, or Ctrl and mouse wheel, to zoom in.
Edit: you can zoom in on map just using mouse wheel, or use the + icon bottom right.

Those affected can try zooming in on the map using ‘Ctrl’ and ‘+’ keys or by using the mouse wheel.

Official acknowledgment

The good news is that the font size issue on the mileage measurement tool has now been escalated to Google for further investigation.

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We hope that the issue of Google Maps Measure distance font size gets resolved readily by Google. We will keep you posted about any developments here as soon as we discover them.

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