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Section 44. Get Directions to Anywhere with Google Local

Section 44. Get Directions to Anywhere with Google Local

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TypeYourSearchTerms

Inthesearchboxatthetopofthepage,typeyourstarting

andendingdestination,likethis:19BeechSt.,Cambridge,

MAto10MarketSt.,SanFrancisco,CA.Rememberto

includethestateaswellasthecityandstreet.Ifyouneed

directionsonlyfromcitytocity,youdon'thavetotypestreet

numbers.

Alternatively,clicktheGetdirectionslinknexttothesearch

box,typeyourstartinglocationintheleftsearchbox,and



typeyourdestinationintherightsearchbox.Whenyou're

done,clickSearch.



Caution

BeawarethatthedirectionsGoogleLocalgivesarenot

alwaysthemostdirect,andthereisachancethatthey

mightbeoutdated.It'sagoodideatodouble-checkthe

directionsusinganotheronlinemapservice,suchas

MapQuestatwww.mapquest.com.



ReadandPrinttheDirections

Amapappearswiththestartinglocationpinpointedingreen

withatriangleinthepinandtheendinglocationpinpointed

inredwithasquareinthepin.Step-by-stepdirectionsareon

theleftsideofthepage,alongwiththedistanceinmilesand

theapproximatedrivingtime.Readthedirections.Toprint

themout,clickthePrintlinkabovethemapandprintasyou

wouldanypage.

Notethatyoucannavigatethemapasyoucananymapby

usingGoogle'snavigationaltools,asdescribedin

NavigateThroughGoogleLocal

GetaMapofEachStep

Thedirectionsontheleftsideofthepagearenumbered.For

aclose-upmapofanyofthesteps,clickthenumber,anda

close-upmapofthedirectionsforthatstepappears

superimposedoverthemainmapofdirections.Youcanzoom

inandoutoftheclose-upmapbyclicking+tozoominand

tozoomout.Toclosetheclose-upmap,clicktheXinthe

upper-rightcornerofitswindow.

ViewtheStartorEndAddress



Toseeaclose-upmapofthestartaddress,clicktheStart

addresslinkontheleftsideofthepage;foraclose-upof

theendaddress,clicktheEndaddresslink.Theappropriate

close-upmapappearssuperimposedonthemainmap.

GetReturnDirections

Ifyouwantreturndirections,youdon'thavetodoanother

searchclicktheReversedirectionslinkontheleftsideof

thepage.Returndirectionsappear.Onthemap,thestart

addressandendaddressreverse(notethechangeinpin

colorandshapes).



45.AboutSatellitePhotos

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



MapaLocation



SEEALSO



NavigateThroughGoogleEarth



OneofthemoreamazingfeaturesofGoogleLocalisits

capabilitytoshowyouactualclose-upsatellitephotosof

anywhereintheUnitedStatesandofmanyplacesintheworld.

Todisplayasatellitephotoofaparticulararea,firstdisplaya

maplocationasyouwouldnormally.ThenclicktheSatellite

buttontoseeasatellitephotoofthelocationatthesamezoom

percentageastheoriginalmap.Youcanzoominandoutand

navigatewithsatellitephotosinthesamewayasyoucanwith

normalmaps.Notethatnotalllocationshavesatellitemaps,

andinsomelocations,thesatellitemapsarelow-resolutionor

cannotbedisplayedatthezoomlevelinwhichyouroriginal

mapiscurrentlydisplayed.Tryzoomingoutseveralstepsto

determinewhetherasatellitemapcanbefoundforthatarea.

(Formoreinformationaboutsatellitephotos,seeChapter11,

"DiscoveringtheWorldwithGoogleEarth.")

Youcanalsoviewahybridmapinwhichthereisasatellite

photowiththelocalstreetnamessuperimposedoverit.The

nearbyfiguresshowyouamapofNewYorkCity'sFifthAvenue

andMetropolitanMuseumofArt,asatellitemapofthesame

location,andfinally,ahybridmapofthesamelocation.

AGooglemapofNewYork'sFifthAvenueandtheMetropolitan

MuseumofArt.



AsatellitephotoofNewYork'sFifthAvenueandthe

MetropolitanMuseumofArt.



AhybridmapofNewYork'sFifthAvenueandtheMetropolitan

MuseumofArt.







Chapter8.CreateYourOwnGoogle

HomePage

InThisChapter:

AboutGooglePersonalizedHome

AddNewsandInformationtoGoogle

PersonalizedHome

AddBookmarksandYourSearchHistoryto

GooglePersonalizedHome

AddRSSFeedstoGooglePersonalizedHome

ReorganizeGooglePersonalizedHome.

Asyou'veseenthroughoutthisbook,Googleismorethana

meresearchengineit'spracticallyanentireuniverseinwhich

youcanlivewhenyou'reonline.

AtthecenterofthatuniverseiswhatGooglecalls

PersonalizedHome,acustomizedpageyoucanbuildthat

includeslinkstoawidevarietyofinformation,includingnews,

weather,stockinformation,blogandRSSfeeds,andGoogle

servicessuchasGmail.Astimegoeson,Googlewilladdmore

linkstoitsservicesonthispage.



KeyTerm

PersonalizedHomeAcustomizedGooglepagethat

haslinkstoyourpersonalizednews,weather,stock

information,andotherGoogleservices,suchas

Gmail.



Inthischapter,you'lllearnhowtosetupandcustomizeyour

ownPersonalizedHomepage.







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