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Where to find my files saved in "my places"? Daniel Tocha 3/4/09 6:37 AM
I search inside of my computer, the files saved in "my places" and not found anything about this. I want to know where these files are saved on my computer, or if, Google Earth copy these files into the Google servers.

Even after deleting the original file (kml), and after uninstalling and reinstalling the program, Google Earth will continue opening the files from "My Places".

This is important information that everyone should have access, and I hope someone answer me this question:
  - Google Earth saved "my places" inside the computer or save this files in the google servers?

thanks and hugs of Brasil

regards,
Daniel Tocha
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? Masonicmoron 3/4/09 7:26 AM
Hi

Whilst GE is closed, you can copy your my places file to the correct location on your new disk and it will open automatically with GE.  You can normally find it here:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Google\GoogleEarth\myplaces.kml (XP) 
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Google\GoogleEarth\myplaces.kml (Vista) 
"Macintosh HD" > username > "Library" > "Application Support" > "Google Earth" > "myplaces.kml" (Mac)

Linux:
/home/username/.googleearth/
or more generically 
~/.googleearth/
(~/ is a shortcut for your own home directory)

best regards

MM

Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? MZundel 5/7/09 2:35 PM
I looked on my computer and didn't find "myplaces"...I didn't get to the "Application Data" folder.  Could it be somewhere else on my computer?  GEM
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? Noisette 5/7/09 3:25 PM
Hmm, that answer sounds familiar ...
 
GEManiac: you probably need to display hidden files, you can do this via the Windows Explorer, Tools menu, Folder Options, View tab, and select "Show hidden files and folders".
 
Alternatively, if you want to take a backup or copy the file elsewhere, you can right click your my places file inside Google Earth and select "save as" and save it somewhere on your computer as a .kmz file.  You can then open it on another PC with File - Open, and it will open in your temporary places.
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? MZundel 5/7/09 3:35 PM
That did it!  Thanks!  It also answered some other questions I had...My Places were taking about 5 minutes to load.  Thanks to you, I was able to take them out of this file and point them to a different KMZ file (same data just in different place) and now it loads in seconds.  That only took me all day to fix! :)  Thanks!
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? JunoJim 7/17/09 1:06 PM
Masonic - Thank you sooooo much !!! I had a whole bunch of places stored that I could not recover. I had moved my old disk to slave, so I just went in, and found the settings - I've got the location saved now...
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? jordanchap 12/20/09 8:16 AM
How does this work with pictures that I've put into google earth from picasa with a .kmz file?  The pictures are in that GoogleEarth folder.  Do I need to copy them as well to backup my entire My Places kml file?
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? luckycharms 3/26/10 9:11 AM
note that Google Earth 5 seems to use the following folder on Windows 7 (at least on my installation):

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\LocalLow\Google\GoogleEarth

That is, instead of the Roaming directory, it uses the LocalLow directory.
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? Sullwe 3/21/11 8:57 AM
Thanks @luckycharms...am using Windows 7 and has found mine in the same folder
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\LocalLow\Google\GoogleEarth
Thanks
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? Noisette 3/21/11 9:17 AM
There is now a help article for this (see reference).
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? pippo46 8/27/11 1:51 AM
hi all,

I am a new user of Windows 7 64 bit, having just upgraded from my previous computer running on Win XP.

So I am still 'green' in finding my way around Windows 7 64 bit.

I have also installed the latest version of Google Earth 6.0.

The program was automatically installed in this path/location; C:\Program Files (x86)\Google

I had saved 'my places' of my previous Google Earth of the older computer in a pen drive. Namely 2 files - "myplaces.backup" & "myplaces" both being .kml files

So, my question is, HOW & WHERE do I need to install these 2 files?

Appreciate your help & suggestions

Thanks
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? Noisette 8/28/11 6:47 AM
In Windows 7 it should be here:
C:\users\username\appData\LocalLow\Google\GoogleEarth\myplaces.kml
You'll need to display hidden files to find it.

Otherwise, you can save your myplaces file anywhere and open it in Google Earth.  It will open in temporary places and you can copy it to "My Places" (or close GE and answer "Save" to the question about saving the items that are in temporary places).
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? pippo46 8/29/11 3:40 AM
hi Noisette,

thanks for your reply.

As I explained above my Google Earth is installed in;  C:\Program Files (x86)\Google

So, in this case your link & my link appear to be different, however as I have located where I have installed my Google Earth, I am trying to understand HOW I can do as you have suggested "You'll need to display hidden files to find it"   I do not know how to do this, so appreciate if you could kindly explain, how I could do this. I am 'too green or a newbie' in Windows 7.

In regards to your 2nd paragraph, can't I simply save my 2 files in the main folder of Google Earth? if so, how exactly can I have my saved places installed or imported to my freshly installed Google Earth?

Apologies if you think I am being difficult, but honestly this is my 1st time trying to do this....

Thanks & again look forward to your expertise!

Best Regards
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? Noisette 8/29/11 4:48 AM
The Google Earth program is installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\Google, but your my places data is stored in your profile.  Normally it will be at the location I indicated, though it's possible the path may be slightly different.

How to display hidden files in windows 7:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Show-hidden-files
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial151.html (with screenshots)

If you can't find it, try search for myplaces.kml.

Windows 7: find a file or folder
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Find-a-file-or-folder

This help article is about removing a corrupt my places, but it also explains how to find it:
http://earth.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=176177
(ignore the fact that it says Google Earth Pro, it's the same for the free version).

Hope this helps.

Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? pippo46 8/29/11 1:06 PM
""In Windows 7 it should be here:
C:\users\username\appData\LocalLow\Google\GoogleEarth\myplaces.kml
You'll need to display hidden files to find it."""

All this did not work out, because as I explained not only my GE is installed differently to the location you have explained, but when I tried searching for a similar link/path in my windows explorer, I could not find the search I wanted.

To make things simpler, perhaps the way I know how..... this is what I have;

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google     (this is the main path to where my GE is installed)

In this path I have 3 sub folders named;
CrashReports
Google Earth
Update

Now I do not have any other 'visible' files or folders... Is there any way I can copy/paste my 2 files which I had saved from my old computer namely "myplaces.kml" & "myplaces.backup.kml" into the main path as above & here??  C:\Program Files (x86)\Google

I am really lost as you may see.

Your patience & help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? pippo46 8/29/11 1:32 PM
Oopppppppppppppppppsssssssssssssss

I MANAGED.... wow, I can't believe myself....lol.......

You're great Noisette!
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? pippo46 8/29/11 2:11 PM
One last thing, is there any 'AUTO SAVE' settings  for MY PLACES before closing GE????
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? 'Geo Mark' 8/29/11 2:41 PM
Great point, pippo46. There is no auto-save setting, though Google Earth will prompt you to save your newly added/edited Places before closing.
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? pippo46 9/6/11 10:09 AM
hello again .......IT's me! I am trying to follow some posts from above to export 'my places' probably the updated kmz & kml files form my google earth, but again being new to Win 7, it's kinda difficult fo rme...

any simpler directions for me please?

tks
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? pippo46 9/8/11 12:37 PM
no REPLIES this time round????? :(
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? 'Geo Mark' 9/8/11 1:54 PM
Hi pippo,

The article Noisette referenced above (linked below) is probably the best help resource for finding your MyPlaces file on Windows 7 (bottom of the article). 

Mark
Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? terriergal 9/24/11 8:19 AM
I am on a Mac and cannot locate any myplaces files, there is no google earth folder in the location everyone says it is supposed to be in.  Nothing. I even opened a terminal and did a grep for myplaces, and the only place it shows anything is within the app itself somehow.  I can't access that unless it is opened.  There is no option to save a copy of myplaces anywhere in the menu items either.

I looked in my time machine backup back to over a year ago, and there is no file anywhere in there with myplaces in the name, there is no google earth folder in the application support folder or anywhere else that I can find.
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Re: Where to find my files saved in "my places"? nc3d 7/11/12 3:55 PM
I hope that Google will "fix" this issue someday. On Windows, GE files should be saved to My Documents.  Or, better yet, they should be saved to the cloud.  I can't tell you how many times I've lost my GE files upgrading computers, switching computers etc.
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