In case you haven't noticed, there are some relatively new tools available in Google Maps. They are not automatically available, however. You have to activate them, but that is a simple process.
After bringing up the Google Maps page on your computer, look in the upper right of the window for the word "new" (probably in red letters). Once you click on that word, a pop up window will open that lists the tools and gives you the option to selectively activate them. A couple of easy mouse-clicks will do the trick.
One tool that I like a lot is the Drag and Zoom option. This one gives you the capability of drawing a box around your area of interest on the map and have the view quickly zoom into that box.