How to Get Map View in Google Earth

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Google Earth is a computer program that allows you to view satellite images of nearly every piece of land in the world. Its applications vary widely -- you can use it to gain a comprehensive understanding of a certain city's topography, for example, or to enjoy an aerial view of your childhood neighborhood to see how it's changed since you were little. Google Earth is also useful as a navigation tool if you adjust the program to show images as maps.


Step 1

Download and install Google Earth onto your computer if you haven't already done so (see Resources). Launch the program once it's finished downloading and installing from Google's website.

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Step 2

Enter a location, such as "Shanghai, China," in the "Fly To" field. Although it's not necessary to have a certain location pulled up to switch the program to "Map" view, doing so will give you a frame of reference to ensure that the adjustments you make to the program have worked.



Step 3

Change Google Earth to "Map" view. Click the "View" drop-down menu, then click "Map" to view streets instead of terrain. Click "Hybrid" to view streets and terrains overlaid.



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