Controlling Google Earth Pan/Tilt

When I first show people Google Earth, I do the classic zooming down to find someone’s house. Or turn on a layer like Banks/ATMs to show how the data can be useful.
But, the real shocker about Google Earth is when you show them the “Tilt” feature and that this is a 3D model of the world! Any mountainous area will do, but let’s try Mount St. Helens which is a particular good view. After going there, find the up/down slider on the right side of the navigation area of Google Earth (when you put your mouse over it will say “Adjust Tilt”) and try it out.
IMPORTANT TIP: the best way to take control of your 3D viewing of Google Earth is to use the middle mouse button. Click and hold the middle button and watch how you can pan and tilt around any view. Another tip is to hold down the SHIFT key while doing this and making circular motions to pan at a fixed tilt.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Excelente programa ,lo he recomendado a varios!!!

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