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Take a flight around Google Earth

TechRepublic member .Martin. uncovers an easter egg in Google Earth, version 4.2 or later, that allows you to use the keyboard -- or even a joystick -- for flight simulation. Don't get caught using this at work!

This tip was provided by .Martin.

If you have some time on your hands — and Google Earth version 4.2 or later — you can have a bit of fun by uncovering an easter egg.

  1. Open Google Earth
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+A (or Command+Option+A in OS X) to open up a flight simulator
  3. Page Up and Page Down will increase or decrease the speed
  4. Use the arrows for navigating

There are quite a few other keyboard shortcuts for controlling the flight simulator. and it also supports a joystick.

After the first time you use the flight simulator, the feature will then appear in the Tools menu.

Don't get caught using this at work!

Are there other cool easter eggs that you've discovered in Google Earth? How about in other software? Please share them in the discussion thread for this post.

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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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