Marking Locations

This tutorial describes the basics of marking locations within Google Earth. You will learn to create, edit and position a placemark for Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback.

Note - This tutorial describes only some of the ways you can use placemarks in Google Earth. To learn more, and watch a video tutorial see Marking Places in the Google Earth User Guide.

Creating a Placemark for Ayers Rock

You can use placemarks to mark any location on the planet. Once you have created a placemark, it appears in the My Places folder in the Places panel. You can then quickly go to the marked location at any time by double clicking the placemark in the Places panel. Additionally, you can edit, move, share or delete any placemark. Learn more.

In this exercise, you will create a new placemark for Ayers Rock. To do this:

  1. Go to Ayers Rock. For the purpose of this exercise, the quickest way to do this is to enter the following latitude and longitude coordinates in the Fly To field in the Search panel.

    25 20'42.28"S 131 2'6.24"E

    Press Enter. Google Earth flies to Ayers Rock. (If you prefer, you can search for this location instead of using the coordinates listed above. Learn more in the user guide or this tutorial.)
  2. Click the Placemark button in the toolbar. The New dialog box appears and a placemark icon appears in the exact center of the 3D viewer.
  3. Try moving around the placemark by clicking and dragging it. You can use this method to move the placemark to any location in the 3D viewer.
  4. In the Google Earth - New Placemarkdialog box, enter the following information: fields for now:
    • Name: "Ayers Rock"
    • Description: "A very large rock in Australia."
    • Google Earth's default placemark is a yellow pushpin. You can change the placemark icon by clicking the placemark button to the right of the Name field and selecting a new icon. You can even add a custom placemark icon that corresponds to a local image or web image.
  5. Click OK. Google Earth displays your placemark in the 3D viewer and at the top of the My Places folder in the Places panel.
  6. To fly to your placemark at any time, double-click the placemark in the Places panel. To simply display the balloon description of the placemark, single-click it in the 3D viewer or the Places panel.

Note - A placemark appears in the 3D viewer only if it is checked. If you cannot see a placemark in the 3D viewer, be sure the box next to it in the Places panel is checked.

Editing Your Placemark

You can edit, move or delete any placemark that appears in the My Places folder. To edit and move the Ayers Rock placemark:

  1. Right-click (CTRL click on Mac) the Ayers Rock placemark in the 3D viewer or in the Places panel. Choose Properties (Get Info on Mac). The Edit Placemark dialog box appears.
  2. Click and drag the placemark icon to the east end of Ayers Rock (this means if the 3D viewer is positioned with north/up orientation, move the placemark to the right).
  3. In the Edit Placemark dialog box, change the following information:
    • Name: "East Side of Ayers Rock"
    • Description: "The east side of a very large rock in Australia."
  4. Click OK. Google Earth saves the new position and placement of the placemark.
  5. To delete the placemark, right-click (CTRL click on the Mac) the placemark in the 3D viewer or in the Places panel and choose Delete.

Tip - You can tilt the terrain or navigate around a placemark to get just the perspective you like and then save that view so that this perspective is shown each time you visit the placemark. Simply navigate to the perspective you want, right click the placemark in My Places, and select Snapshot Current View. Learn more about editing placemarks.

Updated on Sep 11 2009