Creating a Google Earth file from ESRI Shapefiles by izy20048


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                                      ESRI (SHP) to Google (KML) File Conversion

   •   Run Arcmap and add the shapefile to be converted.
   •   Run ArcToolbox > 3D Analyst Tools > Conversion > to KML > Layer to KML
   •   Double click the tool to access the options.
   •   Choose a layer from the dropdown list.
   •   Define an output file name including the .kmz extension (i.e. notl.kmz).
   •   Define the Layer Output Scale (use the current scale of the map window) (i.e.

   •   Click OK to run the conversion. The file is now ready to be added to either Google Earth or a custom map
       in Google Maps.
   •   To add the layer to Google Earth, run the software then select File > Open and add the KMZ file.
   •   To add the layer to a custom Google Map, run
       Internet Explorer, navigate to Google Maps and
       click the “My Maps” tab. You may be prompted
       to log in or sign up (free).
   •   Click the “Create new map” link.
   •   Click “Import”.
   •   Navigate to the KMZ file and add it to your map.

NOTE: There is a 10MB size limitation when adding
KMZ files to a Google Map.
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The layer is now visible over the Google
Maps base map using default symbology.

•   Click a symbol to access the information bubble. The details
    reflect the shapefile’s associated attribute table.

•   To change the symbol select the symbol button.

•   Edit text, insert images and add hypertext links using the
    tools available.

•   To make a hypertext link, highlight the text and click the blue
    link icon.

NOTE: you may be prompted to allow scripts temporarily.

•   Enter the complete URL in the dialogue box and click OK.

Z:\Procedures\SHAPEFILE to GOOGLE.doc
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    •   Click “Link to this page” (top right of map).
    •   To include the map in an email, copy the
        code provided.
    •   To add this map to a pre-existing
        webpage, click the “customize and
        preview embedded map” link. Using the preview window, make appropriate changes (such as zoom level
        and map size) then highlight the code, copy (CTRL-c) the code and paste (CTRL-v) the code into your
        HTML editor.
    •   Load your HTML files to the Internet and access the URL linking to the map. Below is a sample map.

Z:\Procedures\SHAPEFILE to GOOGLE.doc

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