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Q: How do I compress a KML file on Windows?


A KMZ file is a compressed KML file and is easy to make.

  1. Create a compressed or Zip folder in Windows Explorer (right click > New > Compressed (zipped) folder).
  2. Open the Zip file, which appears as a folder.
  3. Drag the KML file into the Zip file/folder.
  4. Rename the file to have a .kmz extension, rather than the .zip extension that it was given to it by Windows. You can open this KMZ file in Google Earth.

Further Resources

Google Earth Tutorial: Packaging Content in a KMZ File

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August 04, 2020

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