Note: To import the KML file, you must be logged-in to a Pro account. To learn how to upgrade, visit this link: How to upgrade to a Pro account
In the app, Google My Maps, you can download all or parts of your geographic map data, including:
- Directions lines.
- Freeform drawn lines.
You can then import and use the data in other mapping apps, such as Scribble Maps and Google Earth.
If you create a map containing markers at store locations and directions lines from the company's corporate office:
You can configure the download to only include the directions lines data. You can then import the directions lines data into Scribble Maps.
The format of the downloaded file is: KML.
KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language, a file format for displaying geographic data in online maps (2D) and Earth browsers (3D). A KML file contains annotated geographic data in XML format.
Configure the export settings
- Login to Google My Maps
- In Google My Maps, click the map's thumbnail image to open the map.
Note: If you want to view Google’s support page, visit this link: Share, download, or print your map > "Download map info"
- To the right of the map’s title, click the Three Dots Icon.
- In the flyout, select: "Export to KML/KMZ".
- Under the heading, "Export to KML/KMZ", click the drop-down menu currently displaying: "Entire Map".
- (Optional) Select which layer(s) you want to export. Or keep the default selection: "Entire Map".
- Click to add a check to the checkbox: "Export as KML instead of KMZ. Does not support all icons."
Note: Do not click the checkbox,"Keep data up to date with network link KML (only usable online)."This feature is not supported in Scribble Maps.
Download the KML file
- Click the "Download" button.
- You will see the downloaded file in your browser. The file's default location will usually be your computer’s "Downloads" folder. The file’s:
- Type will be: "KML".
- Name will end with: ".kml".
- (Optional) You can quickly view the XML data if you open the file by using text editor software. For example:
- Notepad on Windows systems.
- TextEdit on Mac systems.
Import the KML file from your computer
- Login to your Scribble Maps account at:
https://www.scribblemaps.com/create(Optional) To learn how to login, visit this link:
How to login / register
- Click the "MENU" button in the top toolbar.
- Under the "Share, Other" heading, click the button: "Import KML".
- Under the "KML File" heading, click the button: "UPLOAD FILE".
The "Open" window will appear.
- In your computer, find the KML file you downloaded from Google My Maps. Click to select the file. Then click the "Open" button.
A pop-up will appear displaying the message: "KML Imported".
- Click the "Ok" button.
- (Optional) In the Map View, you may need to move and zoom the map to see the imported data.
To move the map:
To zoom-in/out, there are 2 options:Option 1
- Select the Hand Tool in the top toolbar.
- In the center of the Map View, you will see the crosshair reticle.
- In the Map View, click-and-drag the map so the chosen location is at the reticle.
When you later zoom, you will see the map zooms to/from the location at the reticle.
In the top-right corner of the Map View, click the:
- Zoom-in button, "+".
- Zoom-out button, "-".
Use the scroll wheel on your mouse.For Windows
- Scroll forwards to zoom-in.
- Scroll backwards to zoom-out.
- Scroll backwards to zoom-in.
- Scroll forwards to zoom-out.
- (Optional) You can center the map to display a specific overlay.
To center the map:
- (Optional) If the "LAYERS" Panel isn't open on the right-side of the browser window, click the vertical bar.
- Find the single overlay's row in the Layers Panel.
- Click the centering button.
The centering button is the gray circle with a dot at the center.
- (Optional) You can save the map now, before you make any changes.
To learn how to save maps, visit this link: Save a map
(Optional) Replace a blank marker imported from Google My Maps
To learn how to replace a blank marker, visit this link: Replace a blank marker imported from Google My Maps