Today I wanted to do something that seemed simple: Add a pin to Apple’s Maps app on macOS High Sierra, then rename the pin.
But after trying everything obvious, I was stumped, and took to both Twitter and web searching. About the same time I found the answer on the web, I also received a tweet from @tmneff with the same answer.
This seems absolutely crazy, but here’s how you name a dropped pin in Maps on macOS—these are just the instructions from the linked web page, with a few added screenshots:
- Drop the pin.
When the info box appears, click the small circled ‘i’ at the right.
- In the new window that appears, click the heart (Favorite) icon, to make your new pin a favorite.
Click in the search bar, then highlight the Favorites entry and click it.
When the list of favorites appears, you’ll see an Edit box at the lower right corner; click that, and you can then click-and-edit any of the pin names as you would a filename in Finder.
You can also delete favorites here by clicking the ‘x’ icon.
- Click Done, and your custom name should be saved with the dropped pin.
Apparently in iOS, you’re prompted for a name when you tap the Favorite icon—that makes a lot sense, and macOS should follow the same convention. But it doesn’t, sigh.