How to Translate KMZ to a Garmin Format

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How to Translate KMZ to a Garmin Format
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A KMZ file is a version of the KML (keyhole markup language) file format which has been zipped to save disk space. KML and KMZ files are a frequently used format for map data, and are utilised by Google Earth. Using a converter utility, you can translate map data in KMZ format to a GPX file readable by your Garmin portable GPS device or by a number of other brands of GPS receiver. Several converter utilities are able to do this.

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    Convert KMZ to GPX with GPSies

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    Visit and click the "Browse" button within the "Upload file" box.

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    Navigate to the location of the KMZ data on your computer. Select the file you would like to convert and click "Open."

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    Choose "Track" to convert your data to lines or "Waypoint" to convert it to individual points. Select "GPX" from the drop-down menu next to your choice. Click the "convert" button.

    GPS Data Team's Online POI Manager

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    Click the "Browse" button to navigate to and select your input KMZ file.

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    Select the "GPX" button from the list of "Save as" options.

    Google Earth KMZ to GPS Converter

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    Download and install the Google Earth KMZ or KML to GPS Converter 4.5 from

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    Open the Converter program. Click the "Open GE file" button at the top of the window and navigate to the KMZ file you'd like to convert.

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    Click the "Save GPX file" button at the top of the window.

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