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Mark places on the map in Google Earth

Pick your favorite locations around the globe and save them with placemarks.

Set your placemarks

You can use placemarks in computer versions of Google Earth & Earth Pro.

Windows & Linux
  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. Navigate to the place you want.
  3. Choose one of three ways to mark the spot:
    • In the top menu bar, click Add > Placemark
    • Click Ctrl+Shift+P
    • In the upper icon bar above the map, click the Placemark Pushpin icon.
  4. In the box that opens, go to the “Name” field and type a name for the placemark.
  5. If you want a different icon for the placemark, go to the right of the “Name” field and click the Placemark Pushpin icon.
  6. Choose another icon and click OK.
  7. If you want to add a description, change the style and color of the label, or include altitude information, click on the tabs.
  8. To save the view as you have it set, click the “View” tab, then the Snapshot current view button.
  9. Click OK. The placemark will show up in the left-hand panel under “Places” > ”My Places.”
Mac
  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. Navigate to the place you want.
  3. Choose one of three ways to mark the spot:
    • In the top menu bar, click Add > Placemark
    • Click Shift+⌘+P
    • In the upper icon bar above the map, click the Placemark Pushpin icon.
  4. In the box that opens in the “Name” field, type a name for the placemark.
  5. If you want a different icon for the placemark, to the right of the “Name” field, click the the Placemark Pushpin icon.
  6. Choose an icon and click OK.
  7. If you want to add a description, change the style and color of the label, or include altitude information, click on the tabs.
  8. To save the view as you have it set, click the “View” tab, then the Snapshot current view button.
  9. Click OK. The placemark will show up in the left-hand panel under “Places” > ”My Places.”

Move placemarks around

You can reposition your placemarks by dragging them around on the map.