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Section 71. Use Google Earth to Get Directions

Section 71. Use Google Earth to Get Directions

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ClickDirections

FromanyplaceinGoogleEarth,clicktheDirectionsbutton

intheupper-leftcornerofthescreen.(Ifyouhaven't

downloadedandinstalledGoogleEarthyet,turntothe

beginningofthischapterforhelp.)Thisbringsyoutoa



screenthatenablesyoutogetdrivingdirections.Asofthis

writing,GoogleEarthdoesn'tincludedrivingdirectionsfrom

allovertheworld;itonlyincludesdirectionsintheUnited

States,Canada,andtheUnitedKingdom.

GetDrivingDirections

IntheStarttextbox,typeyourstartinglocation.IntheEnd

textbox,typetheendinglocation.ThenpressEnterorclick

theSearchbutton.GoogleEarthdisplaysasatellitemapof

thedirectionsintherightpartofthescreen,andalistofthe

directionsintheleftpartofthescreen.Ifyouentertownsor

citiesratherthanstreetaddresses,GoogleEarthuses

downtownpostofficesasthesourceanddestinationswhen

computingmileage,drivingtime,anddirections.Ifyou

insteadenterspecificstreetaddresses,GoogleEarthuses

thosestreetaddressesforcomputingallthatdata.Soit's

besttogiveasspecificlocationinformationaspossible.



Note

BothGoogleEarthandGoogleLocal(formerlycalled

GoogleMaps)enableyoutofindlocalinformationand

directions.Sowhenshouldyouuseone,andwhen

another?BecauseGoogleLocalisWeb-based,rather

thanaseparateprogram,itloadsmorequicklyandis

alsodirectlyintegratedintoGoogle.Ifyou'relookingfor

aquicklocalsearch,GoogleLocalisthewaytogo.

GoogleEarthincludesanimationsandextras,suchas

thecapabilitytoactuallyviewthelocationsin3D,orfly

alongthedrivingroute.Soifyouneedthosefeatures,

useGoogleEarth.



GetaPrintableView

Ifyouwantaprintableviewofthedrivingdirections,clickthe



Printableviewlinkatthetopofthedrivingdirectionsinthe

leftpane.AwebpageappearsatthebottomoftheGoogle

Earthscreen(oracompletelynewbrowserwindowopens)

withtheprintabledirectionsthesameonesyouwouldgetif

youdidasearchfordirectionsonGoogleLocal.Toprintthe

directions,clickthePrintlinkonthepage.



Note

Insomeinstances,whenyouclickPrintableview,you

mightgetanerrormessageinthepagethatappears,

sayingthatthedrivingdirectionscannotbecalculated.If

thathappens,typethebeginningandstartingpointson

thepagethatappears,includingthestates.Formost

locations,GoogleLocalrequiresthatyouenterastate,

butGoogleEarthdoesnot.SoGoogleLocalcannot

alwaysproperlyretrievetheinformationifyoudidnot

enterastate.



TakeaFlyingTourofYourDirections

Youcangeta3D,animated,flyingtourofyourdirections.

ClicktheVCR-likePlaybuttonatthebottomofthedirections

ontheleftsideofthepage,andyoutakeaflyingtourofyour

directions.UsethePauseandPlaybuttonstostartandstop

thetourasyoutravel.Tochangethespeedoftheentiretour,

referto ChangeGoogleEarthOptions.

GotoAnyStep

Ifyouwanttoviewanyparticularstepofthedirections,

double-clickthelinkintheleftsideofthescreen,andyou

zoomstraighttothatstep.Theflyingtourstops,andyou

cannotcontinuefromthatpointifyouclickthePlaybutton

again,thetourstartsoverfromthebeginning.



72.AboutCustomizingYourViewbyAddingand

RemovingLayers

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



FlytoaLocation



SEEALSO



FindLocalInformationwith

GoogleEarth

UseGoogleEarthtoGet

Directions



OneofthemostpowerfulfeaturesofGoogleEarthisits

capabilitytolayerdestinationsandinformationonthetopof

satellitemaps.Onthelower-rightsideofthescreen,beneath

themapitself,areseverallayersyoucanadd,suchaslodging,

dining,androads,amongothers.(WhenyouaddtheRoads

layer,forexample,theactualstreetnamesofroadsareadded

tothemap.)Youturnonandofflayersbycheckingthebox

nexttothem.Youcanalsoadd3Dbuildingsbyturningonthe

Buildingslayer,showbordersbetweencountriesandcounties

byturningontheBorderslayer,andshowa3Dtopographical

mapbyturningontheTerrainlayer,amongotheroptions.

Butthoselayersarejustthebeginningofthekindsoflayers

youcanaddtothemap.Atthebottom-leftcornerofthescreen

istheLayerspane,whichhascountlesstypesofinformation

youcanlayerontopofmaps.Wanttoseevolcanoesor

earthquakes?Therearelayersforthose.Howaboutshopping

mallsorDVDrentalstores?Yes,thosearethereaswell.Soare

golfcourses,schools,cityborders,postalcodeborders,

Congressionaldistricts…Iwon'tgoonbecausethelistseemsto

beendless.(Notethatsomeinformation,suchastheCrime

Statslayer,isavailableforonlysomelocations.)Trythemout,



butbeforewarnedthatlayersareaddictive,andyoumightfind

yourselfspendingmorehoursthanyouwantzoomingaround

theworld,findingbars,volcanoes,andATMmachines.



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