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I found that just using the "ll" and "z" parameters are enough to zoom in on an area, but I couldn't find how/if Google can be told to hide the left panel ("Get Directions", "My Places", etc.) so that users see a full map when visiting a URL:,-1.593018&z=9

Is there a way?

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Adding output=embed to the URL will hide the left panel and search bar:,-1.593018&z=9

However, this is intended to be used for embedding purposes. As such, there is no way to reopen the left panel or search bar in the resulting map.

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Thanks, it's a fine solution. – Gulbahar Apr 29 '13 at 16:59

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