I frequently get GE placemarks as email attachments. Whenever I click on a Google Earth .kmz placemark my Adobe Photoshop CC launches. I can't find anyplace in PS preferences to block auto launching. Any ideas how to fix this?

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Using Finder, locate a .kmz file on your system.

Ctrl-click on the file and select Get Info from the context menu.

Locate the section in the Info panel that appears titled: Open with:

Select the application you would like to handle files with that extension (.kmz in this case). If you don't see your application listed, there is an Other... choice at the bottom that will allow you to find the application via browsing in a Finder-like interface.

Then click the button just below that titled: Change All... and then click Continue when prompted with "Are you sure... blah, blah, blah."

All your .kmz files should now open with the application you chose. If that was Google Earth, you'll likely be happy at this point.

  • @Brad - I'm very glad that it solved your issue! You may feel free to thank me also by up-voting my answer and/or marking it as the 'accepted' answer. Thanks & welcome to superuser!! Jul 23, 2015 at 7:03

On my pc, whichever program was intalled last is the one that will open the kmz files. CS5 was opening my KMZs because i installed it after Google Earth. So, I uninstalled GE and then reinstalled it. Since then, no problems at all. The KMZs open launch Google Earth every time!

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