Getting Google Earth
Using Google Earth, people regularly fly around the world, exploring new places and finding everything from airports to restaurants. This amazing application ties together data from satellites and other sources to make learning about the earth easy and fun.
Google Earth comes as either a free or paid version. The professional version adds faster performance, high-resolution printing, area measurements, email support, high-resolution movies and batch geocoding. It is also allows users to turn off the advertisements that display inside the program. The professional version currently costs $399 for a one-year subscription, and quantity discounts for purchasing more than 10 licenses may apply.
The topographic maps discussed here will work with either version of Google Earth.
Download the software
To get started with Google Earth, users must visit the Google Earth website and then click the button to download the software. See the "References" section for the URL.
Next, a license agreement form appears users must click the "Agree and Download" button to continue. If they use a non-Google browser, this form by default will download Google Chrome and set it as the default web browser on their computer. Those who do not want Google Chrome should uncheck those boxes before clicking the download button.
Most of the time a browser dialog now appears asking whether to save or run the file. Users should choose "Run" if available. If not, they should choose "Save" and then double-click on the file in the downloaded file list of their browser.
A progress window will display as the program downloads data from Google and then installs the Google Earth application.
Google Earth can take a few minutes to install, so users should exercise patience. Users may need to unblock Google Earth if their firewall software blocks it.
After the software installation completes, Google Earth normally starts automatically. If it doesn't users can open the program from the Windows Start menu. Just click the "Start" button and then find the "Google Earth" folder.
When Google Earth starts for the first time, they can choose to view a tip or watch a video. After viewing this information, they should click the "Close" button to continue.
Running Google Earth
When Google Earth starts, users will see a globe as the central object in a simple user interface.
Google Earth does not come with a built-in topographic map feature, so users who need that feature must download a third-party file that will add that feature under "Temporary Places" in the "Places" panel on the left side of the screen.