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How To: Convert shapefiles to KML

Summary

KML is an XML-based format for storing geographic data and associated content. KML files have either a .kml extension, or a .kmz extension for compressed KML files. Refer to the following web help document, What is KML?, for more information about KML.

Procedure

Instructions provided describe how to convert shapefiles to a KML file.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. Click the Geoprocessing tab, and click ArcToolbox to open the ArcToolbox window.
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  3. Expand Conversion Tools.
  4. Expand To KML.
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  5. To open the conversion tool window, double-click Layer To KML for an individual shapefile, or double-click Map To KML for compressed KML files.
  6. Under the Layer drop-down box, select the desired shapefile, or drag and drop the desired shapefile into the box.
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  7. Specify the location to store the KML file.
  8. Click OK.

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