See places and change your view
You can use Google Earth to travel the world and explore new places. You’ll see places like exotic cities, landmarks in 3D, and buildings from close up.
Learn how to see places up close in Street View.
Note: Not all Google Earth locations can be seen in 3D.
See places using Google Chrome
- Using Google Chrome on your computer, open Google Earth.
- Choose an action:
- Look for a specific place: Click Search .
- Move around: Click and drag with your mouse.
- Zoom in and out: In the bottom right, use +/- (or right click and drag the mouse).
- Look around your location: Hold Ctrl + click and drag the screen.
Change the view
- Switch between top-down view and orbiting 3D view: In the bottom right, click 3D . If you are already in 3D view, you’ll see 2D instead.
- Face North: In the bottom right, click the compass. Double-click the compass to make it bigger. Then, click and drag the compass to tilt or rotate the screen.
- Fly to your current location: In the bottom right, click My Location .
- Rotate the map: On the bottom right, double-click the compass. Then, click and drag the compass edges to rotate the screen.
- Tilt the map: On the bottom right, double-click the compass. Then, click and drag the center of the compass to tilt up and down.
- Return to the default Google Earth view: In the bottom right, click the globe. To move across the world, zoom in then click and drag the globe.
Choose how much info to see
- At the top, click Menu .
- Click Map Style .
- Choose a view:
- Clean: Imagery only -- no borders, labels or roads.
- Exploration: Imagery plus most places of interest, like borders, labels, and roads.
- Everything: All of the above plus landmarks, businesses, public transit, and more.
- Custom: Choose which features you want to see when you use Google Earth.