Google Earth Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows or Linux)

You must be in the 3D viewer in order for these controls to take effect.

Click anywhere in the 3D viewer to change focus

Command Keystroke Result
Zoom in Scroll wheel, + key, PgUp key Zooms the viewer in. Tip: to use the ‘Page Up’ key, make sure ‘Num Lock’ on your keyboard is off.
Zoom out Scroll wheel, – key (both keyboard and numpad), PgDn key Zooms the viewer out. Tip: to use the ‘Page Down’ key, make sure ‘Num Lock’ on your keyboard is off.
Show/hide Overview window CTRL + M Displays or closes overview window.
Move down Down arrow Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.
Tilt up Shift + left mouse button + drag down, Shift + down arrow Tilts the viewer toward “horizon” view.
Tilt down Shift + left mouse button + drag up, Shift + up arrow Tilts the viewer toward “top-down” view.
Look CTRL + left mouse button + drag Perspective points in another direction, as if you are turning your head up, down, left or right.
Zoom + automatic tilt Right mouse button + drag up or down Zooms the viewer in and automatically tilts your view as you approach ground level.
Stop current motion Spacebar When the viewer is in motion, stops movement
Reset view to “north – up” n Rotates view so that view is ‘n‘orth-up.
Reset tilt to “top-down” view u Resets angle to view scene in “top-down” or “‘u‘p” mode.
Reset tilt and compass view to default r R‘esets angle to view “top-down” and rotates to “north-up” view. Use this feature to orient the earth in the center of the viewer.

To move more slowly for most of the above use the ALT key in combination with most of these keystrokes