In this video, we’ll show you how to successfully download a current Google map image. For this demonstration, we’ll be using Internet Explorer.
First, you’ll want to set the file format preference for future Google map image downloads. To do this, click on the ‘Account’ drop down menu at the top of your screen. From there, select ‘My Preferences’. Within the ‘Preferences’ tab towards the bottom, you’ll see a drop down menu titled ‘Current Image’ Format. From here, you can set the file format for your Google map image downloads. We’ve provided two formats: *png and *jpg. For purposes of this exercise, we’ll select *jpg. After the selection has been made, go ahead and ‘close’ the dialog box.
Next, let’s go ahead and perform a search. For demonstration purposes, let’s look for all o wner names with the last name of ‘Williamson’ in Sonoma county. Make sure the ‘Show Map’ box is checked and then select ‘View Results’. The next screen will display the results of your search on the Google map.
To capture and download the current view of the Google image, select the ‘View’ option from the tools menu to the left of the Google Map. Select the ‘Current Image’ link at the bottom of the ‘View’ menu. After making this selection, the Google map image that’s displayed will begin to immediately download. Your browser will then ask if you want to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the current image download. You’ll want to select the ‘Save’ option. You can always ‘Open’ the image file later.
To locate the ‘saved’ Google image *jpg, open Windows Explorer. Next, open your ‘Downloads’ folder. The name of the file will be ‘ParcelQuestMapImage’. To open the file, simply double-click on the file name. In Windows, the file will normally open within the Windows Live Photo Gallery. From here, you can copy, e-mail, or print your Google Map image file.