How to Use Google Earth in a PowerPoint Presentation

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How to Use Google Earth in a PowerPoint Presentation
Google Earth allows users to view images from almost anywhere in the world. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Google Earth is a popular, highly interactive program that creates virtual maps from aerial photographs and satellite images. With Google Earth, you can zoom in and out of location, bookmark locations and get directions from one place to another. While you can cut and paste images from Google Earth into a PowerPoint slide, that method doesn't take advantage of Google Earth's interactivity. Linking to Google Earth inside a PowerPoint presentation can add a multimedia dimension to your educational or business presentation.

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Things you need

  • Google Earth
  • Existing Google Earth file
  • PowerPoint 2007 or 2010

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  1. 1

    Click the "View" tab, and then click "Normal." Navigate to the slide where you want Google Earth to appear; then click on the specific area of the slide where you want the link.

  2. 2

    Click the "Insert" tab, then click "Hyperlink," located in the Links group. This opens the Insert Hyperlink dialogue box.

  3. 3

    Locate the Google Earth file on your computer, and then click "OK" to insert a Hyperlink into the slide. Google Earth files are "KML" files and should generally be listed in a Google application folder on your computer. You can download a KML file from the Web or create your own in Google Earth.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a picture of the Earth to a slide and then click on the image before you insert a hyperlink. The image of the Earth will become the object you click on during the presentation, instead of a hyperlinked address.
  • Google Earth files are not embedded into PowerPoint; they are linked to. Therefore, you must have Google Earth installed on the presentation computer in order for the PowerPoint to work.

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