Google Earth tips and tricks

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 10th Jan 2020


This section deals with a few tips and tricks which Mark de Blois of SEI in Nairobi shared in an 'open session'. It deals more specifically with using the freely downloadable Google Earth as a stand alone desktop application, rather than the embedded Google Earth plugin as discussed in the weADAPT Adaptation Layer.

1. Use Ctr-F in order to search within KML/KMZ files which you are accessing locally. This way you can 'drill down' to a specific bit of information in for example the Adaptation Layer weAdapt Google Earth layer more easily.

2. Make sure you set the caching feature of Google Earth to the maximum for your system. Memory Cache Size is dependent on your systems memory, Disk Cache Size can maximally be 2000Mb. By visiting any location in Google Earth (when you are connected to the Internet), imagery including road overlays etc. will be cached on your local machine. After you disconnect your Internet (e.g. by going to remote rural area), you will still be able to get the high resolution imagery, and hence be able to show it whilst offline.

3. Try out the historic imagery feature for the area you are working in. This will enable a time slider to appear which will allow you to go to any old imagery that Google may have published in the past. If you have historic imagery which is public domain property, it can be submitted here.

4. To do: Insert (Embedding local data in Google Earth)