Finding Your Way with GPS Coordinates

If you have just bought a GPS system and want to use it to find certain places then you may run into a little problem if you do not know the GPS coordinates of the place. GPS coordinates do not differ from normal coordinates; they are basically coordinates with GPS tacked on to the front.

So how do you find the coordinates for a place if all you have is the address? If you have a detailed map then you can probably find the coordinates, but most of the time this is not available to you or you may not be able to read the coordinates properly.

Look Online

A quick search on the Internet will reveal that GPS coordinates are easy to find. There are many places that will allow you to type in an address and then provide you with the GPS coordinates. From there you can use your GPS system to track down the exact location and give you the directions that you need.

What if you have multiple addresses? There are also sites that have features allowing you to convert multiple addresses into GPS coordinates. Just enter the addresses line by line and you will be able to get all the coordinates that you need. You can even convert information that is in rows and columns with these online converters. This can get a little messy if your information is not arranged in a way that is picked up by the system. A little sorting to edit out names and descriptions can help so that your information makes sense.

This is very handy if you have a lot of addresses that you need to convert quickly into coordinates. One of the great advantages of these services is that it is not limited to a country or specific area. You can find virtually any place on earth that has a latitude and longitude. Another great thing is that you don't have to pay a cent to find GPS coordinates. You can find the coordinates for free and sometimes can even find detailed maps.

It is important to use accurate coordinates when you are dealing with a GPS system. Using inaccurate coordinates can either have you going round in circles just a few blocks away from the place you need to be at best, or in a completely wrong area at worst. Make sure your addresses are correct before converting them to coordinates and you will be able to find your way without any problem.