See altitude and coordinates

You can see the longitude and latitude of different places around the world using Google Earth. You can check the altitude, too.

See a location's coordinates 

Use Google Earth to look up a place’s longitude (east-west position) and latitude (north-south position).

  1. On your computer, open Google Earth.

  2. On the left, click Search Search.

  3. Search for a place. On the right, you’ll see a box, or Knowledge Card, with some information about the place.

  4. In the top left corner of the Knowledge Card, click the Up arrow Up arrow.

  5. In the box that appears, you'll see the longitude and latitude.

Note: If you move your mouse, you'll see updated coordinates and altitude on the bottom right corner of the screen. 

Use coordinates to search

If you know a place’s coordinates, you can use them to find it on Google Earth.

  1. On your computer, open Google Earth.

  2. On the left, click Search Search.
  3. Type the coordinates using one of these formats:
    • Decimal Degrees: 42.7°, -100.2°
    • Degrees, Minutes, Seconds:  64°25'12.07"N, 100°10'15.24"W

See a place's altitude  

You can also see a place’s altitude, or its height from the ground or sea. 

  1. Search for a place, or adjust Google Earth until you see the view you want.

  2. In the bottom right corner, you'll see the altitude. The altitude updates as you move your mouse.

In the bottom right corner, you'll also see the camera's altitude. The camera's altitude and the real-world altitude are listed in feet and miles or meters and kilometers, based on your settings.

Change how you see altitude

You can change how Google Earth measures altitude and distance.

  1. On your computer, open Google Earth.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Units of measurement," pick an option.
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