How to measure the distance between multiple points on Google Earth, with the free Google Earth Pro software

It's possible to measure the distance between two or more points on Google Earth.

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It’s possible to measure the distance between two or more points on Google Earth.
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Google Earth allows you to measure the distance between two points on the Earth, as well as the circumference of a circular section of the ground – or even the elevation of a mountain.

But in order to access these tools, you’ll have to download Google Earth Pro, which is free and available for those with Mac, PC, or Linux systems.

With that in mind, here’s how to measure straight, flat distances on Google Earth Pro:

How to measure distance on Google Earth

This is the method you’d use to measure flat distances between points on the map in Google Earth Pro:

1. Open Google Earth Pro, or download the software for free.

Make sure you have downloaded Google Earth Pro.

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Make sure you have downloaded Google Earth Pro.
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2. Go to the location you want to serve as your starting point by entering the name in the search bar in the top-left corner of the screen.

Enter a destination in the search bar.

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Enter a destination in the search bar.
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3. In the top menu, select the ruler icon.

Click the ruler icon, and make sure Line and Mouse Navigation are selected.

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Click the ruler icon, and make sure Line and Mouse Navigation are selected.
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4. Make sure that “Mouse Navigation” is checked and that you’re in the “Line” section.

5. Select the unit of measurement you want to use from the dropdown.

Select your unit of measurement.

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Select your unit of measurement.
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6. Click the first point and then the second point you want to use for your measurement.

Simply click on two points to measure the distance.

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Simply click on two points to measure the distance.
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You’ll see a yellow line appear on the map and the measurement will show up in the ruler portion of the Google Earth Pro window.

From there, you can save and then name the measurement by clicking “Save” and giving it a corresponding name, before clicking “Ok.” The measurement will then be saved to the “Places” section of your account.

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