Satellite View Features
Using your mouse, you can use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out on Google Maps. This feature makes it easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. For example, by clicking in the general vicinity of New York City, you can zoom in using your wheel mouse for a bird’s eye view of Central Park.
If you are looking for a specific location, use the search box at the top left of the screen to search for the location. For example, type in “Empire State Building" and Google Maps will instantly show you a satellite view of the famous New York City landmark. Notice the red arrow pointing to the building. If you click on it, you will discover some of the more advanced of Google Maps.
When you click on the red arrow, Google Maps opens an information bubble that provides some key information about the location you are looking at. For example, you can immediately see the address of the location and you can click on the More Information link to learn more about what you have located. In addition, you can get directions to this location, search for nearby locations, zoom in further, or save the location to My Maps. You can also e-mail a direct link to this location on Google Maps to yourself or someone else.
Another interesting feature is the ability to see a street view of the location. Click on the Street View link in the information bubble and you enter an interactive view of the street. In this mode, you can zoom in and out of street features and look all around as if you were there. Not all locations support this view but many metropolitan areas are likely to offer a street view.