How to Import Google Maps to Google Earth

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Google Maps is a free Internet service which offers mapping technology, including driving directions, walking directions, and public transportation information. Google Earth is a similar service which uses satellite imagery to show users 3D buildings, detailed roads, and even ocean floor and surface data. There are several reasons why you may want to import a Google map into Google Earth. For example, you may create driving directions in Google Maps and then wish to view the directions in Google Earth in order to get a better idea of what the route looks like.

Method One

  • Open the Google map you wish to view in Google Earth.

  • Click on "Link to this page" in the upper right corner of Google Maps. A long link will appear.

  • Add the following text, without the quotation marks, to the end of the link: "&output=kml"

  • Select the entire link and copy it. To do this, simply highlight the entire link and press "Ctrl" + "C."

  • Paste the entire link into your browser URL address box. To do this, you can press "Ctrl" + "V." The map will open in Google Earth.

Method Two

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  • Photo Credit map image by Sergey Kamshylin from Fotolia.com
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