Labs have long been a way for Google to add new features it is still testing out to existing products. The most notable version has been in Gmail that has constantly released new tools to the Labs system before pushing them out to the live version of the site. Well, now Google Maps is joining in the fun with at least one feature it should have always had.

Google announced today that the Maps system finally has a Labs area with some nifty new features for you to try out.  (click the image for a larger view)

To get to the new tools, log into your Google account, go to the Maps page, and towards the top right you will see a green lab beaker, click on that and you will get your selections. While some seem silly, like adding “Beta” under the page name, the Drag ‘n’ Zoom is something I have wanted in Maps for ages. Once enabled, click on the Zoom icon and then simply click and drag a box around the area you want to zoom in on. I’m already in love, and this has been needed for ages.

There are some nifty other new features worth checking out, but Drag ‘n’ Zoom is a must have.

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