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|As you may know, in Google Earth (GE) the coordinates
(latitude and longitude) of the location where your cursor is placed are shown at the
bottom of the screen. You can copy them by hand from there and enter
them wherever you need them. But, I make mistakes copying and
recopying numbers, so I wrote this program which captures the coordinates
at the location of your choosing in GE.
Assume you want the coordinates of the center of the hexagonal building in the Google Earth screen below.
If you click on the pushpin icon on the toolbar a dialog box will open and a large yellow pushpin with a flashing square around it will appear in the middle of the screen. Use your mouse to move the pushpin until its point is on the spot you want to get the coordinates for. Then go to the dialog box and click OK.
Then go immediately and right click over the pushpin. (Note: Don't do intervening things, it confuses GE.) A menu will drop down. Click on "Copy." This copies some stuff to your Windows Clipboard. Now double click on my GE Coords program or a shortcut to it. It will put the coordinates for the location you chose on your Windows Clipboard.
Note: The Clipboard is a place Windows temporarily stores things when you copy and paste.
You can now paste the coordinates wherever you want -- in GSAK, in a geocaching log, to give the location of pictures you upload to GE, etc.
When you run the program with no GE Placemark on the Clipboard it gives you the option to change the format of the coordinates it creates.