I recently found myself wanting to quickly figure out how far (both
miles and driving time) it is to various destinations. At first I was
keeping a Firefox tab open to Google Maps and kept keying in the address
for the destination. Then I realized that I could make a "Quick Search"
and get the info faster. Add this link to your Quick Searches folder:
[Formatted here for readability. Put it all on one line with no
Edit the properties so that the "saddr=" part is your start address.
Change the keyword to "gm". This is set to only output simple HTML (no
map). If you want the full map, remove the &output=html on the end.
Now, when you need to get a quick idea of how long it is going to take
you to get somewhere, open a new tab and type "gm city, state".