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Determining co-ordinates

When using the map extension or one of the information box templates that includes a map, you need to supply co-ordinates for the map. This lists two ways of obtaining those co-ordinates by using Google Maps.

Standard Google Maps

This method will work on the basic Google maps.

  1. Locate the place on Google Maps.
  2. Right-click on the place and select "Center map here".
  3. Click the "link" link at the top right corner of the map.
  4. Right-click on the 'Page link' edit box, and select Copy.
  5. Paste the link into the Wiki page edit box and remove everything except the actual co-ordinates themselves.

Google Maps experimental features

An easier way to determine co-ordinates is to activate one of Google Maps' experimental features.

Activate experimental features

In the top right of a Google Maps window you might see a link to "New!". Click this, then enable the feature LatLng Marker.

Determine co-ordinates

Then you can use the following steps instead:

  1. Locate the place on Google Maps.
  2. Right-click on the place and select "Drop LatLong Marker".
  3. Select the co-ordinates that appear in a marker box. (One way is to triple-click on the co-ordinates.)
  4. Press Ctrl-C to copy the co-ordinates to the clipboard.
  5. Paste the co-ordinates into the Wiki page edit box.
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