What Are Some Tips for Using Google Earth?


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Some tips and tricks for Using Google Earth include scrolling through historical satellite imagery, using the ruler tool to measure between two locations, activating the weather layer, creating personal maps, recording a tour and using the sky feature to explore the universe, notes PC World. Google also provides several hands-on tutorials to help users learn more about the features of Google Earth.

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Users can scroll through history on Google Earth by clicking on a year at the bottom of the screen. From there, use the slider at the top to move through different images throughout history for a particular location.

The ruler tool can be used to measure features, such as the Grand Canyon, or for determining a driving route between two locations. To use the tool, draw a path with the ruler.

The weather layer adds live, real-time conditions and forecasts in North America and Europe. It is activated by choosing the feature in the sidebars "Layers" box. Once activated, options such as weather radar and temperature forecasts can be added.

Google Earth provides several guided virtual tours in its Google gallery and GoogleTouring collection. To activate a tour, choose one from the list and click on the play button. Options include the world's skyscrapers and Seven Wonders of the World. Users can also use Google Earth to create their own tour.

Other tips include using the flight simulator, using Google Earth offline when Wi-Fi is not available and creating a 3-D building, notes PC World.

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