Switching between DirectX and OpenGL

Windows users can run Google Earth (free version) and Google Earth Pro in either DirectX or OpenGL mode. If you're experiencing strange graphics issues, you should try running Google Earth in each mode to see if one works better for your system.

Set DirectX as your default renderer

To switch to DirectX, please follow these steps:

 

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7:  Click Start > All Programs.
    Windows 8:  Press the  Windows key, and click All Apps.
  • Hover your mouse over Google Earth or Google Earth Pro and select Start Google Earth in DirectX mode.

 

Set OpenGL as your default renderer

To switch to OpenGL, please follow these steps:

 

  • Click Start > All Programs.
  • Hover your mouse over Google Earth or Google Earth Pro and select Start Google Earth in OpenGL mode.

 

You will need to close Google Earth in order to switch between DirectX and OpenGL modes.