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BearKiller

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I had to install Google Earth Pro so as to use the geolocating feature in one of my photo organizing programs.
I have used plain old Google maps, both flat and satellite, many times; but, this is my first experience with actually having Google Earth installed on a computer; thus, I have a couple of questions.

1. I would like to turn off the extremely annoying horizontal view that automatically occurs when I try to zoom in close.
I found a switch to turn it off in Tools > Options > Navigation; however, no matter what I have tried, that switch will not respond to my attempts at disabling the feature.
The switch is not greyed out and appears that it should respond to a simple click, but that has not been the case.
Added on EDIT: I read several responses to my same question in an internet search and the answer to every one was to do exactly what I have already been trying = turn that switch off.
Can anyone help me out on this ?

2. I really cannot understand the advantage of having Google Earth installed, as opposed to accessing it via a browser; none of my other geolocating programs have ever required it to be installed; which leads me to this question: With Google Earth Pro physically installed in my machine, can I view various points without an internet connection ?

Thanks for reading and all help is appreciated.
 
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flavallee

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I would like to turn off the extremely annoying horizontal view that automatically occurs when I try to zoom in close.
Load Google Earth Pro.
Go to Tools - Options - Navigation
Select "Do not automatically tilt while zooming".
Click Apply - OK.
Close and then reload Google Earth Pro.

You should now be able to zoom in as close as possible and still maintain the overhead view.
I personally use Google Earth Pro, and doing that works fine for me.
can I view various points without an internet connection ?
I personally have never used it without an internet connection, but I'm guessing you need to have one.

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BearKiller

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You should now be able to zoom in as close as possible and still maintain the overhead view.
I personally use Google Earth Pro, and doing that works fine for me.
Your input must have scared it into working as I got it to work this time; thanks !

I have another question: When I go to the Google Earth Pro folder in the Start Menu, I have three choices, plain old Start Goggle Earth, Start GE in DirectX mode, and Start GE in OpenGL mode; when and why should I choose either of the three options ?

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flavallee

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When I install Google Earth Pro 7.3.2.5495, it places a shortcut icon on the desktop.
That's how I load it.

According to the graphics mode in mine, it's using "OpenGL".

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BearKiller

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According to the graphics mode in mine, it's using "OpenGL".
I haven't messed with any of that stuff; it is still at the installer's settings.
The curious thing is, when I just looked in options, mine is set for DirectX.
I wonder what the difference is and how one choice or the other would do differently.

Thanks again.
 
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