How to See Google Maps Page in Scriveners

When I try to add a Google Maps link to a Webpage entry I get this message:

When you have eliminated the JavaScript, whatever remains must be an empty page.
Enable JavaScript to see Google Maps.

I’ve enabled JavaScript in Chrome which is my default browser, but still only seeing that message on a blank white page. The link to the webpage is displayed on the bottom, but would love to be able to see the map right in my research folder.

Hi GregAcuna,

Wouldn’t it be easier to take a screenshot or insert a external link? It doesn’t seem useful to me such a thing. Scrivener is not a browser. Although I don’t know how well it’s able to handle javascript, you can’t expect internally navigate a Google map.

Wait for more professional answers.


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Yeah. Take a screenshot.
I’m sure Sherlock Holmes would have agreed too. :wink:

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First of all THANKS for the quick replies!

I was hoping it would actually bring an interactive webpage into Scriveners in the main content area so I’d be able to zoom in and out without having to open it in the browser separately. I haven’t used Scriveners for years and when I was looking at the tutorials it seemed to have browser like capabilities. A screenshot doesn’t work for what I need…but for the Sherlock Holmes simplicity I found dragging the URL from the browser into Bookmarks on the right pane does show it as an interactive webpage.


Scrivener’s web page import is best understood as an HTML viewer, not a full-fledged browser. Most scripts are not supported.

I take it a step further.

  1. I have research topics stored in Research, like a Page of Medical Conditions, or Snakes, or Railway Infrastructure, or Language Rules.
  2. Each page has many items with an underlying URL for each, by copying the URL (Ctrl+V), highlighting a listed item, selecting Ctrl+Shift+L, pasting the URL (Ctrl-V) and Ok.
  3. Then the pages in Research are either added in Project Bookmarks (where they apply to the whole project) or in Document Bookmarks (where they apply to a specific scene or scenes).
  4. I’ve set Scrivener to open links as Quick Reference panels, which allows me to work the webpage in its native format in such a panel either onscreen or on another screen. The same would apply linking to external pictures and videos. The links can even be internal. I link to specific Characters (the human kind) this way.
  5. The topic’s items are listed and clickable in the preview pane below Bookmarks. I can add or delete items to the topics list right there.
  6. The methodology keeps my project from bloating in size, as they contain hundreds of links only.
  7. I never need revisit a topic page again while I work and can add it to Bookmarks as an internal link (working through the menu structure that pops up) without leaving my WIP in cases where a topic is needed in a further scene as I move along.
  8. So albeit Project or Document Bookmarks I never have more than 6 bookmarks to contend with working this way from where I am currently in Scrivener, and Project and Document Bookmarks are a simple Ctrl+6 away from one another (though I’d still prefer them to be a separate tab next to one another—one can only wish).

Hey @Kevitec57 are you saying you Add/Web Page under Research folder? That is what I tried to do and so far it isn’t working for either Google Maps or for Wikipedia articles. I like your suggestion and will try to integrate part of what you’re suggesting in my workflow, but if I can’t add a We Page which will actually appear in the body then I have to put it on the left as a bookmark. The problem with that is I have to constantly resize the right panel to see the web page and then go back to my main writing.

Here’s my links to research on Comair: Comair is a file under research. The brown-like text is hyperlinks.

Here you see the file Comair in Document Bookmarks for Scene 1 of the chapter The Heat Is On. See the same hyperlinks in the preview pane below, fully clickable.

Click on the link for 25-08-2021 and it open the Website.

Sorry I stated incorrectly it opens in a Quick Reference pane. My pictures do that, stored outside of Scrivener, as per this example, which you’ll see listed under Document Bookmarks.

With the bookmarks and their hyperlinks in play, I never leave what I’m editing after they’ve been setup, which I find a more efficient way of working than to open side by side panes or mini previews and constant back and forth navigation.

This is a full functional Google Map that opens where one of my scenes take place in a remote area on a track service line between a grain management silo facility and a timber despatch yard. The railway infrastructure: rails, overhead cables and mast poles are being stolen by a gang of cable thieves who are about to be ambushed for their consignment. A perfect reality in today’s world. Looks like nothing, but there’s big money at stake, besides loss of jobs, cripling economy, and disregard for law and order.

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