How to Draw MGRS Coordinates in Google Maps

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The Google Maps online application lets you view, and get directions to, any location on the Earth directly from your computer. By default, however, the application displays only latitude and longitude coordinates, leaving Google Maps users who want to view military grid reference system (MGRS) coordinates to search for an alternative. This alternative comes in the form of a .KML file, which Google Maps can use to retrieve the MGRS coordinates and draw them directly on the map.

Instructions

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      Open a Web browser and navigate to maps.google.com.

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      Click the Google Map Search box and type "http://www.nearby.org.uk/google/Gridlines_mgrs.kml.pl" (without quotes) in the space provided.

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      Click the "Search" button. Google Maps will now retrieve and load the data in the KML file.

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      Click the Google Maps zoom slider and slide it upward to zoom in on the location for which you want to view the MGRS coordinates. Google Maps will draw the MGRS coordinates on the map.

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