How to Open Kmz Files

Written by cory birdsong
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A .kmz file is created and opened using Google Earth. Google Earth is a fancier desktop version of Google's popular maps application, allowing users to view detailed three-dimensional renderings of the Earth, not just flat photography and map data. Google Earth uses .kmz files as zipped placemarks that may also contain the 3-D model of a building at the specified location.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Windows- or Mac OS X-equipped computer
  • Google Earth software
  • Internet connection

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  1. 1

    Download and install Google Earth using the link the references section.

  2. 2

    Launch Google Earth.

  3. 3

    Click the "File" menu and choose "Open."

  4. 4

    Locate the .kmz file on your computer. Click on it, and select "Open." The file should appear as a placemark in the places section on the left side of the Google Earth window.

Tips and warnings

  • To save your own .kmz file, right-click on a place in the sidebar and choose "Save Place As..."

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