Places of Interest (POIs)

Using Places of Interest (POIs)

This section has tips on using places of interest that aren't covered in Showing and Hiding Places of Interest:

What's Included in Places of Interest (POIs)?

The Places of Interest layer includes the following place categories in one non-expandable layer:

  • Places

  • Businesses

  • Transit Stations

  • Mountains

  • Parks and Golf

  • When you expand the "More" layer, you'll see a sublayer called "Place Categories" which lets you turn on certain place categories individually.

    Locating POIs in Your Viewing Area

    Follow these steps to find a particular place of interest in your viewing region.

    1. Adjust the 3D viewer to surround the area you'd like to investigate. If you want to find all places within a certain area, use one of these methods to adjust the viewer to surround the entire region:

      • Zoom out
      • Expand the size of the viewer by using the maximize window control or by dragging the edge of the window outwards with your mouse

    2. Click the "Places of Interest" box to make the places appear in the 3D viewer. If you don't see the POI you're looking for, zoom in a little more, and it should appear.

    Each type of place is identified by a unique icon that makes it easy to tell what the type of place is without flying to the place itself. The key below shows what each Place of Interest icon represents:



    Bank
    Bar
    Car dealership
    Car rental
    Car repair
    Coffee shop or bakery
    Daycare
    Dining
    Electronics, computers, etc.
    Fast food
    Gas station
    Gift shop
    Hair care
    Internet service provider or rental establishment
    Jewelry store
    Legal
    Lodging 
    Motorcycle 
    Music
    Pet-related business
    Photo studio or equipment
    Shopping
    Supermarket
    Swimming
    Tea
    Telecommunications 
    Travel agent
    Parking
    Taxi stand
    Truck or SUV dealer
    Baseball
    Fishing
    Campground
    Golf course
    Mountain
    Park
    Rest area
    Soccer or sports complex
    Tennis court or shop
    Winter sports
    Cemetery 
    Fire station
    Mosque
    Synagogue
    Temple or place of worship
    Dentist
    Doctor
    Hospital
    Pharmacy
    Veterinarian  
    Amusement park
    Aquarium
    Bowling 
    Casino
    Fitness
    Movies or rentals
    Music hall or events venue
    Zoo
    Academy or educational institute 
    Airport
    Civic building
    Courthouse
    Embassy or government
    Historical place
    Industry
    Library
    Monument
    Museum
    Police 
    Post office
    Residential complex 
    School
    Stadium
    Tourist destination
    University

    Note: Not all icons appear in every country around the globe.

    Saving or Copying POIs to My Places

    When you want to save a POI for future Google Earth sessions, right-click on a PC or Ctrl+click on a Mac and select Save to My Places from the pop-up menu.

    Alternately, right-click and select Copy from the pop-up, mouse over a target folder in the "Places" panel, then right-click and select Paste from the pop-up.

    Tuning the Display of POIs

    Because Google Earth can deliver hundreds of POIs to a single view, the icons marking them can be modified to make viewing them easier. The most common issues with POI display include:

    • A POI doesn't appear over an area where one is expected
    • No icons appear at all
    • Icons overlap each other, making it hard to see them both

    Try the following to resolve the issue:

    • Zoom in closer to the region to see if the icon appears. Remember that icons, like road data, appear at different elevations, and not all icons appear from an extended elevation. In addition, zooming in to a lower elevation often resolves the problem of icons that appear to overlap when viewed from a higher elevation.

    • Check the streaming meter to make sure downloading is complete. The streaming meter is located at the bottom of the 3D viewer. If you think you're sufficiently zoomed in, but no POI appears, data might still be streaming to your client. Because the Google Earth servers stream imagery, terrain, and other data to your application, sometimes icons don't appear immediately.

    • Adjust the icon size. You can change the size of icons from medium to small or large, depending on whether you usually view the Earth from a higher elevation or a lower elevation. To do so, select Options from the "Tools" menu. The icon size is set in the "Labels/Icon size" area. See Viewing Preferences for more details.