Google Earth is a mapping program that shows satellite photos of many areas of the world. Although many people use Google Earth for mapping and sightseeing, some may be unaware of the fact that using Google Earth, you can access even more detailed photographs with Google Street View. Download Google Earth and enable the Street View feature to see street-level photographs of many locations.
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Browse to the Google Earth download page using the link in the "Resources" section of this article. Click the "Agree and Download" button at the bottom of the window. Save the resulting file to your desktop.
Double-click "googleupdatesetup.exe." The Google Earth installation utility launches and begins downloading and installing Google Earth to your computer. When the installation is complete, Google Earth launches automatically.
Click in the box labelled "Fly To" in the upper-left corner of the window. Type the address that you would like to see the Street View pictures for, and press "Enter." Google Earth shows you the map for that address.
Place a check in the box labelled "Street View" under "Layers" in the bottom-left corner of the window.
Click and hold the plus ("+") button on the right side of the window to zoom into the location that you have selected. As you zoom in, you will begin to see bubbles with photos in them.
Click a photo bubble to look at the street view photos for that location. A new window opens.
Click "Show Full Screen." The bubble expands to fill the Google Earth window. You are now looking at the street view photos for the location that you have selected.
Tips and warnings
- Google Earth Street View photographs are taken by actual people, and taking street-level photographs of all of the roads in the nation is a monumental task. As a result, photographs may not be available for all areas.
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