How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map?

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How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? HEV25 5/13/09 5:47 AM
I have created a Google Map and I want another one with similar details, to save me adding each location individually again one at a time, can I copy the whole map I have already done and then I can edit them how I want???
 
Thank you!!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? shaffeje 5/14/09 1:30 PM
I am trying to do the same thing. Any suggestions? Thank you!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Alvin 5/14/09 1:42 PM
Hi All,

One of our top contributors barryhunter has actually made a great Google Maps Tips site that actually addresses this very question. Please take a look at the link below for the solution.

Cheers,
Maps Guide Alvin
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Rabone 8/4/09 8:36 PM
This does not really answer the question.
The question is, how do I copy an existing map.
This answers how to get placed features and points of interest from one map into another.
If you have customized a route, to follow a specific road or scenic route say, it will not correctly copy that.
So...
When will the feature of copying, complete with driving directions and custom routes, be added as a feature to google maps?
I too would like to see this feature, as I had built a daily trip map using a custom route following the Blue Ridge Parkway, but once I added all the points of interest I would want to see, I realized I could not get it all done in a single day. So I wanted to copy that day's route, then shorten it.
Currently, that task was impossible.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Witty Rapport 8/6/09 7:36 AM
I have the same problem and the proposed solution does not work.  Please help! 

I tried the map tip (Copy/Move features between My Maps) on both a Mac using Firefox and a PC using IE and still could not get it to work.  I keep getting the error message, "We could not finish uploading your file."  There has got to be a better way to duplicate and revise existing maps!  Seems crazy that I would have to recreate the whole thing.  I just want to segment my first map (which has a 9 day itinerary) into 9 separate maps. 
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? barryhunter 8/6/09 7:47 AM
Ive added a note to the sites page to not the 'snap to road' feature is not supported by this method - at the moment the KML import does not read it. (the KML export does include it) 

At the moment I know of no workaround. 
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Witty Rapport 8/6/09 9:30 AM
Thanks Barry.  Is it possible to edit my existing map to turn off "snap to the road"? and then do a copy following the instructions above?
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? ljppkggfs 10/12/09 5:04 PM
Hi Barry

I copied an existing map link and then imported it but whenever I change the data in one the other updates also.  I need two independent copies.  
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? barryhunter 10/14/09 4:08 PM
@Witty Rapport - didnt notice your reply before. 

But yes, when the map is in 'edit' mode right click the line on the map, and there should be an option to change teh snap function


If you follow the instructions linked above you get an actual copy. (there are are other methods of 'duplicating' which give you a live copy)
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? aman.veritas 11/13/09 4:16 AM
Please go with Barry's suggestion. It works.
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Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Caribbean 12/19/09 3:00 PM
Greetings, I am struggling to copy a map using the "kml system" mentioned.. I need to reuse the same "points of interest" (15 of them) in a map that has a very different "Main Topic". And I  prerfer not to have to recreate the entire map. I would like to copy the map, delete "old Main Topic" not needed; add new "Main Topic,"  keep 15 points of interest, & done. I successfully imported a new "kml copy" but when i update the copy, the original also updates. How would I avoid this? Is there a way to rename the copy immediately other than just rename in the title bar? Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? barryhunter 12/20/09 1:05 PM
Caribbean

If you follow the page linked above by Alvin, then you get an actual copy. 


(There is another method by pasting the url into the search bar - that is a 'live copy'. Using the 'Import' button in My Maps, completely copies the features with no link to the original map) 
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? heybeachnik 1/6/10 12:39 AM
I've tried this on Mac / Safari and Windows / IE. It doesn't work. Same problem that others have reported:
"We could not finish uploading your file."

I tried it about 8 times.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? barryhunter 1/6/10 5:57 AM
There is a known issue at the moment, hopefully Google are investigating... 
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Adeheathen 3/4/10 1:13 AM
Barry, thanks very much.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? TerryKing 5/10/10 4:44 AM
Please Help make this work??  I have followed the link in reply #1, which says:
"Right click the 'View in Google Earth' and copy the link to the
clipboard (look for something like 'Copy Shortcut')"

BUT I see no "View In Google Earth" icon or button???   Did Google "Update" stuff??

What do you see? What works??

Thanks!

Regards, Terry King  ..On the Red Sea at KAUST.edu.sa
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Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? ehg 5/10/10 5:05 AM
@TerryKing:
try a workaround then:
get the URL of your map (via the link "Link") and "enhance" this URLby adding the parameter &output=kml at the end.
This "enhanced URL" you can use instead the one you should get rightclicking the (apparently invisible on your end) link "View in GoogleEarth for the inport step as explained in "reply #1"

good luck
ehg
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? TerryKing 5/10/10 12:12 PM
OH: I GET IT!!

The "View In Google Earth" icon or button DOES NOT APPEAR until you are IN EDIT !!   It comes and goes with the EDIT button...

NOW, I can download the KML file and add those "WAYPOINTS" to my new map..

THANKS!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? franjayo 6/6/10 8:09 AM
You can create a new map while the one you want is open. Having both open at the same time, you can copy each site and route in the new one.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? bockyPT 6/9/10 12:17 PM
franjayo: how?
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? nir89 9/6/10 8:29 PM
when you open one map all the icons appear. You create a new map. The old map just open still stays open with all the icons on the screen. Click on the icon and it gives you an option at the bottom Save to. When clicked it gives you a drop down option of avaiable maps and simply select yoru new map from the list
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? BikePortlandME 4/25/11 5:55 PM
I was having a similar problem with the standard method recommended here. At the import step, I got a red "Unable to contact server" message in the background, the foreground message box continued to say "Uploading file" for quite a long time, even after a few minutes when a yellow "Upload failed" message appeared at the top. If it matters, I am using Firefox 3.6 for Windows.

I was finally able to get it to work by actually exporting the source map into a file on my hard drive, then importing the file into the target map.

To get the export file, copy the source map's URL (or right-click "View in Google Earth", they should both produce a similar URL) as directed above. (If you have the experimental "short URL" feature turned on, you will have to turn it off to get the source map URL the normal way. I think the "View in Google Earth" right-click will work regardless.) Then paste the copied URL back into the browser address bar, but before you go to it, change the "&output=nl" parameter to "&output=kml". Now when you go to that URL, your browser will return a "KML" file (actually an XML language) which you can save to your hard drive.

Now go to your target map (or create it if you haven't), Edit, and Import, only instead of entering a URL, use the browse button to upload the file you just created.

This worked perfectly for me. Hope it helps others too.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? risoda 5/4/11 7:47 AM
I may have happened to find a workaround.
I got the URL of the "Source map" by using the methods which many others had already suggested.
Then I sent the URL to myself via e-mail.  Because I am a mac user, I used the most recent Apple mail.  Then alas, by clicking the URL in the body of the e-mail message, it downloaded a file with ".kml" extension.
After that, things were straightforward.  I could successfully duplicate the original map by importing information from the file.
I hope it would work for other folks.
Good luck!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? DrAlloway 6/11/11 1:46 PM
I have tried every combination and permutation of preceeding suggestions - to no avail.

I am running Windows 7 and IE 8.

I do get the long URL and change the last nl to kml

I get pretty far and then an error message:

If I try Importing from URL I get the Unable to Contact Server message in background.

If I try downloading to my harddrive and Importing from there I get a Error 400 message.

For something that is so basic (copy a file) Google must be trying to drive away customers.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? ehg 6/11/11 2:12 PM
just one question DrAlloway:
supposed you are viewing the original map of your MyMap and clicking then the link "View in GoolgeEarth" and then downloading the KML onto any of your folders of your computer.
Now if again going to MyMaps and then "create a new map"  and clicking the link "Import" and finally uploading  the just downloaded KML-file:
will you get a Error 400 message too?

In that case  I would like to get the URL of the original Map to take  a closer look at the map.
Regards
ehg
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? gtms 7/6/11 6:29 PM
none of these methods work. in edit mode there is no export to google earth button. the copy and paste of URL additions doesn't work.

Is this such a weird thing to want to create a copy of a document and then edit that copy for other purposes than the original? Does anyone at google ever create a new presentation based on an old one but altered a bit?

Funny old world when the most creative software company in the world misses this really basic thing.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? gtms 7/6/11 6:31 PM
DrAlloway I am with you, ehg, this mythical "View in GoogleEarth" button simply is not there with firefox, google chrome or internet explorer. please elucidate, thanks
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? svenivan 7/20/11 3:15 AM
The function "Save to map" is very good to copy locations/information from one map to another one.

BUT, something else is not so good when you start a new map.

Background: I started a map here in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, for locals and tourist to find hotels, restaurants, points of interest, golfcourses etc etc.
But now it was cluttered with more than 200 locations within a small area and people wanted a map with only restaurants that they could update all the time.

So I created a new map for restaurants in Chiang Rai and used the function above to copy all info about restaurants from the old map into the new map. Working very good.

But when I saved my new map I found out that Google had copied all other locations from my old map into my new map so it was exactly as cluttered as the old map! That was not what I expected. And to make things worse I cannot delete these locations, only the one that I copied from the old map.

I have spent a couple of hours with this and I am not happy!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? GlenSydney 9/1/11 1:32 AM
I read the above with interest.

What worked for me was to have the original map open, click the blue KML link, save the map as a KML file to my computer then open a blank map and import that map back in, save that map under a new name and hey presto you've got a duplicated map.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Collect 9/11/11 8:55 AM
when i try to upload the KML file is always says its impossible to upload it!!

it as only 146kb!! any sugestions?

tried all the methods above and nothing works!! using firefox in windows...
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? ehg 9/12/11 6:27 AM
KML- Uploading (using the Import function) seems broken since few days - I already reported it to Google - see [1]
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? jimralley 9/19/11 2:42 AM
Have been trying to do this for a while.

I went onto My Places - (the map I wanted to copy) - Edit - Collaborate - (copied the url after "I've shared a map with you called...") - My Places - Create Map - Import - (paste url, add at the end  &output=kml  ) - (change the name of the map) - Save
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? iantennison 9/20/11 9:26 AM
Thanks jimralley, the above worked perfectly for me.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? paulthegrump 10/9/11 11:17 AM
But really, it should be easier than this to create a new map based on another.  Come on, Google!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Ahrunno 10/27/11 2:21 AM
jimralley, I followed you up to '(change the name of the map)' - where? So I tried 1st naming the created map & then pasted the URL as directed, but still I get this error message: "We could not finish uploading your file. No changes have been made to the map."

Iantennison, how did you get past this?
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Farfeloo 11/7/11 6:42 AM
Ahrunno: It has worked for me as of now... Thanks everyone!

A quick recap of how I did it: Click either on the earth icon, or on a link saying "KML Language", save the KML file, then create a new map and click import - locate file and it is done.

Good luck :-)
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? MStx 8/16/12 6:19 AM
I am having trouble with this too. I have a map that was created by a friend and I was a collaborator. I created much of the content on the map. Since then, he has made it open collaborationa nd many things have been added unrelated to the original purpose of the map. I'd like my own copy, that I can edit. I followed all the steps in the article and was able to get all the points and lines into another map and started editing. BUT the edits keep happening to the original source and NOT my new map. Now I have accidentally deleted a bunch of stuff from the original source, but they still exist on the new map. When I try to select and delete them from the new map, it sends me back to the original. I'm totally confused.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Randy Nordel 11/29/12 3:26 PM
This worked very well for me.  Thanks for the tip!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? cqt42 1/7/13 5:36 PM
The easy way:

1) Open the original map.
2) Right-Klick KML, save the KML file to your hard disk.
3) Create a new map, assign title and intro text.
4) Click "Import", get your .kml export file, klick Upload.
5) Now be patient, it will take some time until Google uploads the map. May be you will see something like "A script is busy...", accept further scripting and wait again.
6) Depending on the amount of map points it will take some time until the map points are displayed. Don't be irritated if not ALL of your original points appear now in the side bar!
7) Click SAVE to save your map. Switch to DISPLAY iso EDIT mode.
8) Send yourself by mail the link of the map you just created.
9) Open the link... et voila: ALL your original points are there in your new map...
10) Done.
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? willowbeehive 2/27/13 9:54 PM
Adding &output=kml at the end of the url as you suggested fixed all my errors. Thanks so much!
Re: How do I copy a Google Map I have already created into another new Google Map? Joe Simmonds 4/22/13 10:37 PM
Hey, I'm not sure if any one is still trying to do this but I've figured out a pretty easy way. I needed to correlate the content from two separate maps into one map that had all the content in it. Here's what I did...

1. Click on the first map in your 'My places' list and click the KML link to download the KML file.
2. Do the same for the second map and any others that you need to combine.
3. Find the files on your harddrive and open them using text editor (mac) or some simple text editing program.
4. Copy all the content in the first document after the following...

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Document>
  <name>NAME OF YOUR 1ST KML FILE</name>
  <description><![CDATA[DESCRIPTION OF YOUR 1ST KML FILE]]></description>

5. And remove this lot from the bottom of that same file...

</Document>
</kml>

6. Paste that lot from the first file into the second file right before </Document> at the bottom of the page.
7. Do the same for any more maps that you need to combine.
8. Save the file with a new name for the combined map.
9. Create a new map in Google Maps and use the 'Import' link to upload your new map.
10. Rename it and change the description if necessary.
11. Live happily ever after knowing you'll never have to manually create a million different points on every new map you make.

Hope that helps :-)



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