Tips & Tricks for AutoCAD / BricsCAD / ZWCAD Users

How to Convert KMZ to KML Files Using Windows Explorer: Step by Step Tutorial

  1. Locate the KMZ File:Step 1: Locate the KMZ File

    First, navigate to the location of your KMZ file in Windows Explorer. This could be in your “Downloads” folder, “Documents” folder, or wherever you have saved the file.
  2. Change the File Extension:Step 2: Change the File Extension

    Next, you’ll need to change the file extension from .kmz to .zip. To do this, right-click on the file and select Rename. Then, replace the “.kmz” at the end of the file name with “.zip” and press Enter. If you can’t see the file extension, you may need to show them by going to Options > View and uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.
  3. Extract the KML File:Step 3: Extract the KML File

    Now that your KMZ file is a ZIP file, you can extract it just like any other ZIP file. Right-click on the file and select Extract All…. This will create a new folder with the same name as the ZIP file. Inside this folder, you will find a file with the .kml extension. This is your converted file.
  4. Rename the KML File (Optional):Step 4: Rename the KML File (Optional)

    If you want, you can now rename the KML file to something more descriptive. Just right-click on the file, select Rename, and type in your new file name.

Convert KMZ to KML Files Using Windows Explorer: Conclusion

While the above steps allow you to convert KMZ files to KML using only Windows Explorer, there are more efficient ways to handle these file types if you’re working with AutoCAD. Our Automapki Application for AutoCAD supports both KMZ and KML file formats, allowing you to import and export these files directly within the AutoCAD environment. This can save you time and streamline your workflow, especially if you’re frequently working with these file types. So, if you’re a regular AutoCAD user, consider using Automapki App to handle your KMZ and KML files. It’s a powerful tool that can make your DWG and GIS work much easier and more efficient.