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Google Maps, Google Earth and the New Geography: Navigation

Introduction to the "My Maps" feature of Google Maps as well as well as sharing maps and viewing them in 3-D with Google Earth

Using the Mouse

1. Move E/W/N/S left button;
2. Drift continuously in any direction (hold the left button down; then, briefly move the mouse and release the button)           
3. Zoom in/out: right button; scroll wheel
4. Tilt the view: SHIFT + scroll wheel           
5. Look around from a single vantage point: CTRL + left button           
6. Rotate view: CTRL + scroll wheel           
7. View 3D terrain:
a/ go to a location                       
b/ default: top-down view                       
c/ tilt 0-90 degrees – press “Shift” + scroll                       
d/ rotate -- “Shift” +left mouse                       
e/ reset – click the “North-up” button; click in the 3D viewer, type “r” on the keyboard           
8. Navigate ocean – same way as anywhere else; make sure to have the surface of the ocean displayed (“View” > ”Water Surface”)

Toolbar Buttons

The buttons across the toolbar at the top of the screen allow you to (from left to right):

  1. Conceal/reveal the toolbar
  2. Add a placemark for a location
  3. Add a polygon
  4. Add a path (line or lines)
  5. Add an image overlay on the Earth
  6. Record a tour
  7. Show historical imagery
  8. Show sunlight across the landscape
  9. Switch between Earth, sky & other planets
  10. Measure a distance or area size
  11. Email a view or image
  12. Print the current view of the Earth
  13. Show the current view in Google Maps

Navigation Controls

1. Click the north-up button to reset the view so that north is at the top of the screen. Click and drag the ring to rotate your view.

2. Use the Look joystick to look around from a single vantage point, as if you were turning your head. Click an arrow to look in that direction or continue to press down on the mouse button to change your view. After clicking an arrow, move the mouse around on the joystick to change the direction of motion.

3. Use the Move joystick to move your position from one place to another. Click an arrow to look in that direction or continue to press down on the mouse button to change your view. After clicking an arrow, move the mouse around on the joystick to change the direction of motion.


4. Use the zoom slider to zoom in or out (+ to zoom in, - to zoom out) or click the icons at the end of the slider. As you move closer to the ground, Google Earth swoops (tilts) to change your viewing angle to be parallel to the Earth's surface.

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