Basics of the time slider

This article will cover all basics of the time slider:

  1. When to Use the Time Slider
  2. Features of the Time Slider
  3. Setting Timeline Options

Note: The time slider feature is available only in Google Earth 5 and later

When to use the Time Slider

If you have downloaded data that contains time information (for example, GPS tracks), you can view this information sequentially in Google Earth using the time slider. For example, you can view GPS tracks that occur within a specific time period and visually follow these tracks. Learn more about using the time slider to view your GPS Tracks.

Features of the Time Slider

Time Slider

Features of the time slider include:

  1. Zoom in or out to shorten or lengthen the date range covered by your timeline. This lets you to more easily see the different imagery that's available within a shorter or longer period. Notice that as you zoom in or out, the Start and End dates on the timeline change.
  2. Click this to set options for the time slider.
  3. Click this to go re-define the time range of data displayed to an earlier date.
  4. Drag this to move the time range earlier or later.
  5. Click this to go re-define the time range of data displayed to a later date.

Note: The time slider isn't available when you record movies.

Setting Timeline Options

You can set options for the timeline display feature. Here's how:

  1. In the time slider, click the settings icon (see above). The Date and Time options dialog box appears. Options include:
    • Start and End date/time - Set the date and time for the start and end of the timeline.
    • Display time in - Choose the appropriate type of displayed time.
  1. When you're finished, click OK.