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    Default Searching Through KMLs

    I am currently building many KMLs with a KML builder that uses cells
    in Excel. I have a few hundred KMLs.

    Is there a way to I guess "Tag" them so they are searchable? Right now
    my office is using GE 4.2 and there are no forseeable plans to
    upgrade. Each KML has around 120 placemarks. Right now they are all
    separated by area name, in each area there are several points of
    reference that I would like to associate to search by.

    My overall goal is to be able to type in the search criteria "dirt
    path", or "out of use" and be able to get results back of the specific placemarks in ANY KML. Is there a way
    to do this? Right now I only have the Search Text box.

    If there needs to be clarity please feel free to let me know.

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    Anyone? I am in kind of a bind, I dont mean to double post.

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    I wish I knew the answer, I hate to see good questions linger unanswered.

    I can't find a place in Google Earth to search for text within a kmz file, so I'm unclear on exactly what you are trying to do.

    There is the "Find" command, but that only looks through the kmz titles. Are you trying to search kmz description text via the Find box? That doesn't appear possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    Are you trying to search kmz description text via the Find box? That doesn't appear possible.
    Yes, like my KMZ has ahundreds of individual balloons with an image in them. If I added text in the description, or anywhere in the KML does GE have the ability to search the individual placemarks within the large KML. Each KML has around 100 placemarks with images.

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    It does not appear possible to search anything except the title of the kml or kmz file. It seems strange, considering Google is synonymous with search, that the search capabilities within GE for loaded kmz files is so limited.

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    You would probably have to create an online database using html and something like MySQL for the searching. Then use search results to automatically create KML code to feed to Google Earth.
    Matt Fox

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