How to Copy Images From Google Maps

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How to Copy Images From Google Maps
Copy an image from Google Maps. (world map image by Attila Toro from Fotolia.com)

If you use Google Maps to search for directions or view images of places around the world, you may come across an image you would like to copy. Perhaps you would like to save the image and apply it as a desktop wallpaper, or maybe you would like to print the image to refer to when you go sight-seeing. There are different ways to copy an image depending on which operating system your computer runs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Windows XP

  1. 1

    Go to Google Maps and open the location that has an image that you want to copy.

  2. 2

    Press the "ALT" and "PRTSC" (Print Screen) keys at the same time to take a screen shot of the image.

  3. 3

    Open Microsoft Paint. Right-click over the Paint window and select "Paste" from the menu that appears. The image you copied from Google Maps will show up.

  4. 4

    Crop the image if you don't want to include anything from your browser in the image. Click the "Crop" button from the Paint menu and use your mouse to highlight the image you want to save. Click "Crop" again to crop the image you selected.

  5. 5

    Click "File" when you are finished with the image and select "Save As" from the menu. Enter a name for the image and click "Save."

    Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. 1

    Open Google Maps and enter the location that has an image you want to copy.

  2. 2

    Click the Start button and select "Snipping Tool" from the menu. The Snipping Tool will open. The Snipping Tool is software that comes on Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems that allows you to take a screen shot of an image you select.

  3. 3

    Click "New" on the Snipping Tool window. A cross will appear in place of the mouse. Use your mouse to drag the cross from one corner of the image to the opposite corner. When you have selected the image, release the mouse. The image will show up in a Snipping Tool window.

  4. 4

    Click the floppy disc icon to save the image. Type a name for the image when the "Save As" window opens and click "Save."

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