Sky Layers Bug – Workaround

A few days ago, after the release of the large update to the Sky layers, I noticed some problems when trying to view the contents to some of the new layer folders. I would click on the “+” box to open the folder, but the folder didn’t open. After some experimentation it turns out that if you change the “View:” option from “Core” to “All layers“, then the problem goes away. Note: I had this same problem on both Mac and Windows versions of Google Earth. So, just change to “All layers” and you can view the layer folders like normal.

The bug has been reported to Google and they are working on a fix.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Wow, that stinks, although I don’t really use Sky that much anymore.
    There’s also a wicked deadly glitch that slows the program down, causes random blocks of the images to disappear, and exits the program without saving files. I’m impatiently waiting for Google to fix that….

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