In Google Earth the coordinates can be seen in three ways:
- Decimal Degrees
- Degrees, minutes, seconds
- Degrees, and decimal minutes
- UTM coordinates (Universal Traverso de Mercator
- Military grid reference system
This article explains three things about the handling of UTM coordinates in Google Earth:
1. How to see UTM coordinates in Google Earth.
2. How to enter UTM coordinates in Google Earth
3. How to enter many UTM coordinates in Google Earth from Excel
4. How to input many UTM coordinates, display them on Google Maps and then download them to Google Earth.
1. How to see UTM coordinates in Google Earth
To view UTM coordinates, select: tools / Options. As shown in the image, the option Universal Traverso de Mercator is selected in the 3D View tab.
Thus, when viewing a data, we will see that at the bottom there are coordinates in the UTM format. The displayed coordinate equals the position of the pointer, as it moves across the screen it changes.
The meaning of this coordinate is:
- 16 is the area,
- P is the quadrant,
- 579,706.89 m is the X coordinate (Easting),
- 1,341,693.45 m is the Y coordinate (Northing),
- N means that this area is north of the equator.
The following image shows the 16 zone and the point where the example coordinate is located.
To facilitate the visualization of UTM zones in Google Earth we have prepared a file, which you can download from this link. It is compressed as zip, but when you unzip it you will see a kmz file that can be opened with Google Earth and allows you to identify the UTM zones, as shown in the following image. It includes the UTM zones of the American continent, Spain and Portugal.
2. How to enter UTM coordinates in Google Earth.
If what we want is to enter UTM coordinates, then we do it in the following way:
The “add position” tool is used. This displays a panel where the coordinate is displayed in UTM format. If the positioned location is dragged, it automatically changes the coordinate. If we know the coordinate, then we only modify it in the form, indicating the area and the coordinate; When selecting the accept button, the point will be located in the position that we have indicated.
Google does not have a functionality in which multiple UTM coordinates can be entered. Sure your question is:
Thanks for the information, but how do I enter a set of coordinates?
3. Option to enter many UTM coordinates in Google Earth directly from Excel
If what we want is to enter a set of UTM coordinates that we have in an Excel file, then we will have to resort to an additional tool.
In this tool you enter: the name of the vertex, the coordinates, zone, hemisphere and a description. In the right section you add the path where you will save the file and the detail.
When you press the “Generate KML” button, a file will be saved to the path you defined. The following graphic shows how the list of coordinates is displayed. The file should be displayed like this.
Download the template
To acquire the template without limitations, you can acquire it with
Once you make the payment you will receive an email indicating the download route.
It may happen that, when using the application, one of the following incidents may appear:
This happens because the path that has been defined where the kml file is to be saved is not accessible or there are no permissions for this action.
Ideally, you should put a path on disk D, which has fewer restrictions than disk C usually has. Example:
The points are coming out at the North Pole.
This usually happens, because in our windows, as indicated in the instruction for the template to work, the regional configuration must be established in the regional panel:
- -Point, for decimals separator
- -Coma, for thousands separator
- -Coma, for listings separator
So, a data such as: One thousand seven hundred and eighty meters with twelve centimeters should be seen as 1,780.12
The image shows how this configuration is done.
This is another image that shows the configuration in the control panel.
Once the change is made, the file is generated again and then, the points will appear where it corresponds in Google Earth.
The number of points you will convert exceeds the 400 points.
Write to support, to enable your template.
If you have any other questions, write to the support email email@example.com. It always indicates the version of windows you are using.