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3 de Noviembre 2005

Setting Up Google Earth Options

[NOTE: These notes were written for GE 3, the new GE 4 has slightly different options.]

If you click on the "Google Earth Tips" category you'll find a collection of stories I've written which contain tips on improving your experience with Google Earth. This entry provides some tips on optimizing Google Earth options to improve your experience.

To get to the options, select the menu "Tools" -> "Options". This opens a window of options with the following panes: View, Cache, Control, Navigation, Preferences.

Here are my recommendations...

Here are my recommendations for each pane:

  • View
    • Set Detail Area->Large if you have a decent graphics card - this will greatly improve visual detail if you run at higher screen resolutions as more of your window will be in full detail. Better for taking screenshots as well.
    • Try adjusting your fonts so the labels are readable, but not distracting while browsing in GE.
    • If you use Google Earth to look at mountains, try setting Elevation Exaggeration to 1.5 or higher. This makes the 3D terrain have exaggerrated heights. A setting of 2.0 would be twice as high. NOTE: the "terrain" layer must be selected to see 3D terrain.
  • Cache
    • Set your memory cache as large as you can (depends on your system) - if you have 1GB of memory, you may be able to set this to 350. More memory means it will be able to load more overlays, placemarks, etc. without slowing down.
    • If you can afford the disk space, set your disk space cache to 2000 MB (2GB) - this will mean less downloading when viewing the same locations. Also, you can use GE offline better.
  • Control
    • Set the speed of Fly-to/Tour to a faster speed if you use GE a lot
    • The advanced setting gives you more control over speeds and camera angle
  • Navigation
    • I suggest you adjust the Overview Map size to what works for your screen size (tip: use Control-M to bring up Overview Map in GE)
  • Preferences
    • Click "Show web results in external broswer" if you want to use an external browser

I hope this information helps. If you have other tips, please leave a comment here.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 3 de Noviembre 2005 a las 08:31 AM

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  • Comentarios

    I would like to know how you change the COLOUR of the fonts used in GE.
    I have a problem reading the RED fonts on older monitors.
    BTW thank you for the finetuning tips.

    Barts http://gabrielse.blogspot.com/

    Enviado por: barts at 3 de Noviembre 2005 a las 01:18 PM

    You can adjust the color of fonts for your own placemarks. But, I don't think there is currently a way to adjust the color for labels in the built-in layers.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 8 de Noviembre 2005 a las 10:25 PM

    Can you tell me how to get a clearer image at lower elevations. Is it my graphics card or monitor which is causing everything to be greatly out of focus? Thanks, Bob

    Enviado por: Bob at 6 de Diciembre 2005 a las 10:43 AM


    Thanks for the guide, but there are quite a few settings you don't include! Or are you saying that all others are best left at their defaults in your opinion?

    To take just one example from just one tab:
    View > Anisotropic Filtering ?

    Terry, West Sussex, UK

    Enviado por: Terry Pinnell at 17 de Febrero 2006 a las 08:10 AM

    Terry, these are just tips on most common changes to the Options. It is not a tutorial on all the Options, and it was not intended to be comprehensive on optimization.

    Yes, changing your anisotropic filtering seeting may improve your performance or the quality of the imagery. If you have a newer graphics card you can turn on anistropic filtering with minimal performance impact.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 17 de Febrero 2006 a las 09:46 AM

    Even if the tips are from february, they are still up to date. Thanks!

    Enviado por: Celebrilla at 5 de Agosto 2006 a las 09:25 AM

    I'd like to re-ask Bob's question: How can we get a more clear picture when we move to lower elevations? Is the anisotropic setting the only thing we can adjust? Thanks, Janet

    Enviado por: Janet at 16 de Agosto 2006 a las 06:41 PM

    Is it possible to ask Google Earth to improve the resolution of a certain area / coordinates that I would like to see. Obviously there are big differences in image quality and resolution depending on the area and the importance of the area. E.g. Manhattan vs. Uganda
    Cheers, Charly

    Enviado por: charly at 18 de Marzo 2007 a las 08:28 AM

    I like to measure the distance of walks I've enjoyed or I want to take.

    Is it possible to mark the different steps of a walk so that Google Earth will show me, as if it was a video recorded by helicopter, that walk from start to end?

    How can one contact Google Earth to suggest this option? (in case it's not available)

    Enviado por: Kobain at 12 de Junio 2007 a las 07:46 AM

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