I've been trying to find out how to get coordinates using google maps, and finally found a way that seems to work, but wondering if there is another way.
The way it seems to work is: After you find the place you are looking for, use the "send" option (next to print, and about 2/3 towards the end of the "Link" line in the body of the Message are the coordinates.
Any alternative or simpler ideas?
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The method to get coordinates from Google Maps keeps changing. At present (Jan 2012), the simplest way seems to be as ghayman described: right click on the point of interest and select "What's Here" from the context box. A green arrow will appear on map where you clicked and the coordinates will appear in the search box. IMPORTANT NOTE: a red blobby inverted teardrop also appears on the map and a street address for that marker appears on the page beneath the search box. If the green arrow and the red teardrop are not at the same place on the map (which will happen if you have chosen a spot without a street address) then the coordinates and the street address are for two different places.
The easiest way to get coordinates from Google maps is to right click and select "what's here?". The coordinates will show up in the bar where you input your searches.
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Best thing for you to do is just go online and get a free app. to download cord. into a gpx or csv file.
Just type in the address on Bing and it will give it along with the map of the address up to 13 decimals.
Perhaps it has changed recently. When I just tried it, I see lat and lon to 6 decimal places. Still, that seems sufficient, and I like how it shows up immediately with the address instead of hidden in the URL.
Google Earth allows you to set your default coordinates to UTM (scientific) format. It's a lot easier to work with.
But that is not my house... Bing does have it 75 feet closer than Google Maps.
Thanks for inputs.
Now I can look up some locations on Google Map and punch in the coordinates for later use.
I can get the coordinates with google map API V3. But I never try it on Bing. I'll have a look. Thanks.
I tried with google earth and don't work
This is the location of a Red light camera in Clark and white rod in Ocoee Florida,
If you look in the URL string you can find the Lat/Lon right in the parameters of the query string.
Sometimes the mouse clicks a little distance away from the address bubble. If you do a right click and Where is Here, a 'new' address will pop up in the upper left pane. Compare this address with your known address.
Thanks for inputs.
Good to know
Now I can look up some locations on Google Map and punch in the coordinates for later use.
Since we have moved to page 3 on this thread, I want to mention Extra POI Editor (EPE) one more time.
The only reason I chose to quote pkdmslf was that he seemed to be wanting to do what I think most people who are looking for coordinates from Google Maps or Google Earth are trying to do.
EPE is software written by one of our members. The important thing to note is that EPE uses Googlemaps to display locations.
If you are using Google maps because you needed its search capability to zero in on some "location" (say the Washington Monument) rather than an "address", then maybe this technique will not work for you. BUT, if you were looking for an address of someplace close to the Washington Monument, you would use a "drag the map" technique until you zeroed in on it.
BUT, if your reason for using Googlemaps in the first place was to get coordinates for some address, or multiple addresses, then you ought to start with EPE because it makes getting and saving the coordinates much easier.
You can start with just a city state combination and then scroll the map around until you find the specific place you are looking for. If you already know the address you would just type it in and go straight to a "Google" map containing that address.
So, let's try EPE out.
Go to http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor#toc5
Scroll down about two-thirds of the page and you will see a line that says:
"Extra_POI_Editor V532.zip The executable ready to run."
Download this zip file (by clicking on it) into some folder and unzip it. Nothing more to do, EPE is ready to run from that folder.
Except, I do suggest returning to the website and downloading the help file
"Extra POI Editor V4.85 Help File.zip"
into the same folder just used for EPE and unziping Help before first executing EPE.
Fire up EPE. You will see four panels and in the upper left one you will see a button (in magenta) that says "Add new POI". Click on it and you will get a dialog called "POI Edit".
To make it clear what is later going to happen when you enter data about the address you were using Googlemaps for, let's do an exercise first.
Put "Home" in the "Name" field and then go down and type in your own address in the appropriate fields.
Then move your cursor to the right after entering your "Post Code" and click on the "Goecoding" button.
A Google Map (really) appears in the upper right pane with your house under the inverted red teardrop. Switch to Satellite or Hybrid view and zoom in just like you would do with Googlemaps.
Now, it doesn't give you street view but the Hybrid version will clearly show if there are any cars in your driveway.
On the very top line, click the "Grab" button and the coordinates of the inverted teardrop will appear in the Long: and Lat: fields in the upper left of the dialog.
Don't like where the inverted teardrop is located (mine is in my back yard). OK, drag it to your mailbox and click the "Grab" button again. Now, you might as well save this POI by clicking the OK button at the bottom of the screen.
Now you are just a few steps away from having a POI file with your home coordinates in it. Maybe you will later use this file to create a POI file with an attached sound file that announces "Oh, there's no place like home" when you approach your house.
Back to the original reason for doing this.
Click the "Add New POI" button again and enter the address you were wanting to get coordinates from Googlemaps for. Go through the process above until you are satisfied with the placement of the inverted teardrop and click OK again.
Repeat until you have done all addresses.
Now save all these coordinates as a 4 column .csv file.
Wouldn't this be easier than writing down coordinates on a piece of paper and then entering them by hand into an Excel spreadsheet?
This is MUCH easier than the way I was doing. THANKS
wow I never tried that!
Google Earth has 4 Lat/Long settings.
From the Google Earth toolbar select 'Tools', 'Options', '3D View'
Change the 'Show Lat/Long' settings to 'Decimal Degrees'
Click 'Apply' and then 'OK'
Then right click on your selected 'Fly To' destination on the map and select 'Properties' from the pop-up menu. The co-ordinates will appear as desired... i.e....
Thanks for the tips guys. One question how accurate are the Google coordinates?
is that how you do that! AWESOME!
ahhh That is how that works!
Why do you ask?
The coordinates might not be what you would have to use to produce alerts along the road but they are pretty good.
For example, if I fly to my address, I see my house but the coordinates are in my back yard.
Also, look at the bottom of the map and see what the "Imagery Date" is.
EDIT: GoogleMaps puts the star dead in the middle of the road in front of my house. That is new, it used to be in the backyard also.
The map still shows my house location nearly one full block to the north.
The [google]map still shows my house location nearly one full block to the north.
What about Google Earth?
I was surprised to see them different on my house.
Earth shows 200 feet to the north and G maps shows 240 away. Interesting that my house is the only house on my side of street.
Maps and Earth place the mark on the roof of my daughters house.
Must be different maintainers on the two products. Otherwise, I can not understand why it would be different.
But - do this.
Locate your house in Google earth.
Zoom in to the closest level not going into land view
Note the coordinates
Click the Icon at the top of the map that switches to GoogleMaps
Right click to get to "Whats here" and note the coordinates.
I suspect that the "street map" is what is causing some of the difference.
When I locate my house and click "Whats here" the lat/long appears. Also the reverse geocode shows up as my house number is 100-198. Fact is that in my town the house numbers range is 102-110. So when I type 108, GM locates near beginning of block, but I am at end of the block.
In my daughter's city and block, GM shows a range of 102-132. Just so happens that the last house on the block is 132.
I can't account for that unless it is because my part of town does not have street view, and hers does.
Right mouse click on the map where you want the coordinates and select "whats here." The Coordinates then show up in the search bar.
This thread is what I like about this web site. Good stuff.
Too bad you have to drop a point on the map to get the Geocoords.
But I guess if google made it to easy to extract the Geocoords from the built-in (i.e.: in the context menu, or another, even easier way), people would find some way automate/script the data extraction of all Geocoords for all the POIs.
I know that in Maplabs, there are these two Geocoords tools: LatLng Tooltip and LatLng Marker
But both these work off the pointer position.
It's always the simple solutions that have you pulling your hair out. Thanks for the info!
I have been using 'what's here' to get coordinates. Reading the comments here, I justchecked against my gps. I am surprised at the amount of error. It appears to be about 300 feet off. But it drops a marker in the middle of a road, so not sure it is not intentional.
Now I have to do some more looking at it.
It is off quite a bit because "whats here" turns out to be the closest building it can find and not the middle of the intersection.
Any alternative or simpler ideas?
I do the same thing EXCEPT when I hit the send button, I already have my gps hooked up, so after hitting send it just sends the address, or corrd to my 1450.
These are great tips and they are necessary when going some places ... like to a cabin in the French Alps which we did once ... our friends were totally amazed that we arrived without an escort from the nearest village!
I notice a distance measurement feature now available in Google Maps in satellite and map views. It is similar to the feature found in Mapsource.
I need to have people tell me coordinates from google maps in a web form.
This is what I have found. You cannot rely on any one browser based answer.
Many can right click in various browsers and copy the answer to what's there BUT many CANNOT.
The most reliable instruction I can give to date is:
"On a computer in Google Maps zoom right in on the site. Click on the button to the right of the print icon (usually displayed as a chain link) in the left hand side bar. Copy and paste the web address highlighted in blue" (note that the coordinates are contained in the address but mistakes are less likely if the whole address is pasted).
On a iPhone the easiest method is to download the MyMap+ app and select mail at curser, plain text mail, copy the coordinates and delete the draft email.
Please note that there are many map Apps which will NOT give the correct location when coordinates are searched. They prefer to give an address which may be miles away.
Hope this helps
thanks for the info
This info is very helpful.
In my local newspaper a story about a closed school was printed. I couldn't remember exactly where the school was located in the Quad Cities.
I typed in the address in Google Maps.
2617 18th Ave, Rock Island IL
The result was horrible. Google Maps came up with this wrong location at:
2617 18th Avenue A, Moline, IL 61265
Wrong city, wrong street.
Map Quest nailed it.
My 1490 was only 1/2 block away.
Then I typed "Audubon Elementary School, rock island IL" into Google Maps. Up came the correct placement on the map but with no street address and a note saying, "This place has closed"
I copied and pasted your address (2617 18th Ave, Rock Island IL) into Google Maps and the first choice was
"2617 18th Ave, Rock Island, IL" (has a comma before IL)
and the second choice was
"2617 18th Ave, Moline, Rock Island, IL"
(including the bold type)
Both choices took me to the school.
I zoom in so I can place the cursor near the spot, but not on a street. Right click and select "get dirctio ns to here" The coordinates will show in the next display.
You search must have fixed it
Thanks for your kind words. I repeated the search and the wrong address was the second choice this time. I restarted my browser and now the correct location shows up every time with no second choice.
Now that we solved that, let's work on a balanced budget for our country.
After I manually zoom in and find the desired loacation, I 'right clik' on the location, then in the pop-up box select 'What's Here'. Google populates the searchbar with the GPS coords, drops a green pin on the location with coords hoverable, and a red pin nearby with the local address.
This site works very well: http://www.itouchmap.com/latlong.html
Why bother with Google... ugh!
Good Link. I added that to Glossary of Terms and Links and gave you credit at Coordinates
The iTouchmap link has been mentioned several times. I've been using it for years and have mentioned it many times in my posts.
I apologize for not being able to give credit to all those who have previously mentioned itouchmap (like you and A_user).
When I determined in 2012 that the site needed a Glossary and created the initial version, I mostly used Garmin for the definitions. For links to software, I started with all those I had on my computer - many of which I learned about through this site. I could find them because of my technique of downloading and saving installation packages into a unique folder before actually installing them. I did not have any place for "online only" software.
Since then, I try to add terms and links as I read about them and give credit to the person who triggered my action. I realize that I should do some research to see who else has found the just added software useful and recommended it to our members.
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