Fix: Map features in the wrong location

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Correcting a map marker that has geocoded incorrectly

Sometimes it's not obvious where to put a location on a map. Did you know that there are 70 cities in the United States alone named Springfield? 

Each row in the table is geocoded separately. Even if you know the entire table is about one place, the geocoding service doesn't. 

Edit the location

To improve geocoding, include as much as possible of the location description within the cell. This may mean including the state, zip, or even country in the location text.

After editing, choose File > Geocode to manually recompute the location on the map.

Move the pin

You can also correct the location of a specific point yourself:

  1. In your table, find the row with the wrong location. The address field is likely to be in yellow.
  2. Double-click the row to bring up the editor dialog.
  3. Click the "edit geocode..." link below the address field.
  4. The current location is shown with a green arrow.
  5. To change the geocode:
    1. Search with any text until you see a red map pin located in the correct place.
    2. Click the red pin, and then click "Use this location."
    3. Click "Save" in the editor dialog.
  6. Your table will now use the new pin's location.

Troubleshooting inaccurately placed latitude-longitude points

Here are some items to check when the location markers on the map don't appear to correspond with the latitude / longitude coordinates provided in the table. 

Troubleshooting misaligned lines or polygons

Polygons or lines that appear misaligned to the map may be in a different datum. Like all other Google mapping tools, Google Fusion Tables assumes the WGS 84 datum. If your location data is in a different datum, convert it before you import it for the most accurate mapping.