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Move saved locations to a new computer

You can move locations you've saved in Google Earth to a different computer. Saved locations are called placemarks, and they're automatically saved to your computer.

Step 1: Find location file

Windows

  1. Press Ctrl + Esc + r.
  2. In the "Open" box, enter "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Google\GoogleEarth".
    • If you're using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, enter "C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local". If that path doesn't work, enter "C:\Users\%username%\AppData\LocalLow\Google\GoogleEarth".
  3. Select OK.
  4. In the directory, you'll see a file called "myplaces.kml". This file has your saved locations.
    • Note: If you want to replace a corrupted myplaces.kml file, use "myplaces.backup.kml."

Mac

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Go. Hold down Option or Alt, then click Library and then Application support and then Google Earth.
  3. You'll see a file called "myplaces.kml". This file has your saved locations.
    • Note: If you want to replace a corrupted myplaces.kml file, use "myplaces.backup.kml."

Step 2: Move location file

There are a few ways you can transfer the file with your saved locations to another computer:

  • Save the file in Google Drive
  • Email the file to yourself
  • Save the file to a USB drive

Tip: Back up your myplaces.kml file to a removable device, like USB drive.