Google Earth Micro Tour - O‘ahu

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Download and Viewing Instructions for
Google Earth Micro Tours

Note: Instructions below use the “Google Earth Micro Tour - O‘ahu” KML file as an example. All other Google Earth Micro Tours follow the same protocols.
You can watch this Google Earth Micro Tour on your home or office computer whenever you wish by downloading the tour’s “KML” file, by clicking here, which will cause a “File Download Popup Window” to display on your computer screen (see “screenshot” below). The File Download Popup Window will give you the option of opening the tour’s “KML” file in your Google Earth Desktop application. You will want to choose that option.
[You can download the free Google Earth Desktop application from this Google Earth Desktop download web page, in mere minutes.]
You may also choose to “copy” the contents of the KML file from this Feed Validator KML-file validation website and “Save” the file contents to a text-editor, with the file-extension [kml]—for example: [oahu.kml]—to inspect the file contents, and then to open the “oahu.kml” file directly from your Google Earth Desktop application.
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Above: A “File Download Popup Window” that opens in a Firefox browser. Click the “OK” button. [Note: Some browsers will open up a folder for you to “Save” the downloading KML file to, instead of displaying a “File Download Popup Window” like in the “screenshot” above. In that case, once you have “saved” the KML file to a folder of your choice (with the file-extension [kml]), you would access the KML file by: opening up your Google Earth Desktop application; left-clicking on the “File” menu-button in the upper-left corner of the Google Earth Desktop application; left-clicking the “Open” option from the drop-down menu that displays; and then finding the folder where you “saved” the KML file to.]
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Above you see the yellow arrow pointing at the text-line “Google Earth Micro Tour - O‘ahu” that displays in the “Temporary Places” folder of the upper-left “Places” window of the Google Earth Desktop interface, indicating that the downloaded “KML” file has opened in Google Earth. For optimal viewing, the viewing area on the right side of the Google Earth Desktop interface should be about 9.5 inches wide by 6 inches high (≈ 24 x 15 centimeters). Here is an article that will give you a quick overview of the Google Earth Desktop interface.
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Now that you have the “Google Earth Micro Tour - O‘ahu” KML file downloaded, and your Google Earth viewing area set, you will want to make sure that only the “3D Buildings” box is checked in the “Primary Database” section of the lower-left “Layers” window. This will ensure that the information presented in the Google Earth Micro Tour does not get inadvertantly covered up by any of the numerous map options available through these check boxes.
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Now it’s time to watch the Tour. Left-click on the last text-line in the “Temporary Places” folder. The last text-line shows a Video-cam icon and the text [“Google Earth Micro Tour - O‘ahu”]. Clicking on this last text-line will cause a Video-cam icon to display on a “Play Tour” button in the lower-right corner of the “Places” window.
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When you left-click on this “Play Tour” button, the Google Earth Micro Tour will commence. The Tour contains audio.
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If at any time you wish to “delete” the tour’s KML file from your computer, simply “right-click” on the first text-line specific to the Tour (as seen above) and then left-click the “Delete” option on the drop-down menu that displays.
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When you close your Google Earth Desktop application, and you have not already “deleted” the tour’s KML file, you will be presented with the Popup Window shown above. If you click the “Save” button, the tour’s KML file will be placed in the “My Places” folder of the Google Earth Desktop application for future viewing, and the Google Earth Desktop application will close. If you click the “Discard” button, the tour’s KML file will be deleted from your computer, and the Google Earth Desktop application will close.
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When you next open your Google Earth Desktop application, you can “delete” the tour’s KML file at any time by “right-clicking” on the first text-line specific to the Tour (the Tour now resides in the “My Places” folder), and then left-clicking the “Delete” option on the drop-down menu that displays.
Enjoy the Tour!

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