WHAT IS A .KMZ OR .KML FILE?

To assist in identifying parcels of land, we may sometimes use a file which can be opened by Google Earth to help visually identify what we are referring to. These files may have the extension .kmz or .kml – they can be downloaded and opened online using Google Earth (https://earth.google.com/web/).

We normally access Google Earth using the Google Chrome browser. Google Chrome can be download from https://www.google.com/chrome/ if you do not already use it.

To open a .KMZ OR .KML FILE:

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Download the .kml or .kmz file onto your PC.

Navigate to https://earth.google.com/web/

Select the ‘My Places’ flag (on left hand menu).

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Select ‘IMPORT KML FILE’, then ‘Open File’ and select your downloaded .kmz or .kml file. 

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Multiple files may be viewed at the same time. After importing a file, select the ‘Save’ button.

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The ‘eye’ icon can be toggled to view or hide layers.

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The information icon can be toggled to view limited information on each file part.

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Alternatively, Click on an item to view the information.