Each item in ArcGIS Online includes an item page with a variety of information, actions, options, and settings organized by tab: Overview, Data, Visualization, Usage, and Settings. The tabs you see, as well as the options and information available on the tabs, depends on the item type, your privileges, and whether you are the item owner or administrator.
Item pages allow you to explore items in-depth in a variety of ways. For example, an interactive attribute table integrates related records and attachments, allowing you to navigate attribute data and view all aspects of a field together, including field values, summary statistics, and settings. Content creators and administrators can change an item's settings without having to go to other places on the site. For example, you can configure an app from a scene on the Overview tab or edit app settings directly on the Settings tab. Feature layer styles, pop-ups, and other layer properties can be configured on the Visualization tab as an alternative to opening the layer in Map Viewer.
To access an item page, click Details under an item's thumbnail or, from the gallery, hover over the thumbnail and click Details. If you own the item, you can access the item page through the My Content tab of the content page.
View and edit overview information
The Overview tab includes overview information about an item, such as a description, tags, data source information, creation date, size, and sharing status. Most of the information on the Overview tab can be edited by item owners, administrators, and others with the appropriate privileges. Others can use the overview information to help them better understand the item before using it.
The Overview tab also includes options to open, add to favorites, share the item, edit metadata, and add ratings and comments. Some types of item pages have additional options; for example, you can publish apps from the item page of configurable apps, update or download files such as CSV files, create an app from a web map or web scene, and export data from export-enabled hosted feature layers. If you have the correct privileges, you can publish maps and data as hosted web layers. Administrators and those with the correct privileges can also change the owner of an item in their organization.
By default, items open in the most appropriate app. For example, maps open in Map Viewer, scenes open in the scene viewer, and layer packages open in ArcGIS Desktop. If you want, you can sometimes choose a different option. For example, you could choose to open a map in ArcGIS Desktop instead of Map Viewer. Some items can only be downloaded and some do not have an option to open or download. The action buttons you see on the right of the item page Overview tab depend on the item type. The most appropriate option for opening, downloading, and so on, is provided as the first action button.
For a comprehensive list of supported item types, see What can you add to ArcGIS Online?
The title is the name people see when they access the item and the name you see in the My Content tab on the content page. The title should represent what the item contains.
This short description is returned in the results list when people search for content in the website.
People see this in-depth description of the item when they open the item page.
A thumbnail image is created by default when you add the item to the site. It appears in galleries, search results, contents, and the item page. You can create and load a different image if the default image does not convey the information you want.
You can drag an image or browse to a file. For best results, add an image that is 600 pixels wide by 400 pixels high or larger with an aspect ratio of 1.5:1 in a web file format such as PNG, JPEG, or GIF. Pan and zoom to what you want to appear in your thumbnail. Depending on the size and resolution of your image file and how far you zoom in to customize the thumbnail, the image may be re-sampled and scaled when it's saved. If you add an image in GIF or JPEG format, it will be converted to PNG when it's saved.
Access & Use Constraints
This section provides information about how the item can be used and by whom. For example, you might have a use constraint for a map layer that requires others to display copyright information on any screen capture that includes the layer.
If an organization has enabled metadata, a Metadata button appears on the Overview tab of their item pages for item owners. Item owners use the button to access a built-in editor and include additional standards-based metadata. When an item includes this additional metadata, anyone with access to the item also sees a Metadata button and can use it to view the metadata in the metadata style configured by the organization.
If you are an administrator of your organization or you have the correct privileges, you can change the owner of an item in your organization.
You can move an item you own to a different folder in My Content.
Tags are used to find items when people search for them. The tags you specify should correspond to keywords you think people will use to search for your item.
Your item may contain data from different agencies or individuals. This is the place to give credit to the data providers.
You can copy and paste the URL of an app or ArcGIS Server layer and use it elsewhere. For example, developers might want to include the URL of a hosted web layer in apps they build.
Add ratings and comments
Each item page includes a rating. Ratings are based on a weighted average of five stars, with one star reflecting a poor item and five stars reflecting a great item. The rating value provides a weighted average that factors in the number of ratings an item has received as well as the average rating. Therefore, an item with two ratings of four stars each has a higher rating than an item with one rating of four stars. To rate an item, you must be logged in and can only rate items you don't own. You can only add one rating per item. While you can change your rating, the count remains the same. To rate an item, click the appropriate star in the Details area on the right side of the Overview tab.
Item pages may also include a section for comments, depending on whether your organization chooses to enable them. Comments appear at the bottom of the Overview tab and can be added by the item owner or other logged in users. Once you've published a comment, you can delete it but you can’t edit it. People who are logged in can also reply to a comment. Item owners receive email notifications of new comments and can delete comments published for items they own. Comments can be sorted from newest to oldest (New) or by most recent reply (Latest Reply). You can subscribe to an RSS feed of comments for an item that is shared with everyone (public). You cannot subscribe to comments on an item that is only shared with your organization (or that is private).
Add to favorites
You can create a list of favorites from items you've added and that you see on the search results and gallery pages. View your list from the My Favorites tab on the content page and when you search for layers to add to your map.
To mark an item as a favorite, click Add to Favorites below the thumbnail of the item on the Overview tab.
To remove a favorite item from your list, click Remove from Favorites below the thumbnail of the item.
Depending on your privileges, you can share your item directly from the Share button on the item page or share an item page through social media.
Share item details through Facebook or Twitter
If your organization allows sharing outside the organization and you have privileges to share with the public, the item page includes Facebook and Twitter buttons. Use the buttons to share an item page through your Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can share the item page of any item in the website including those owned by others. It's a good idea to share item pages only for content that you know has been shared with everyone; otherwise, some people may not be able to access the links. When you use the Facebook and Twitter links on an item page, you are sharing item details, not the map or app itself. To share a map (as opposed to its item page), use the Share button on the map.
Use Update to replace a file with an updated version from your computer. The file names must match. When you update an item, the download count is maintained. Use Overwrite to update hosted feature layers.
Work with attribute data
Using the Data tab, you can work with attribute data in a feature layer's attribute table. You can view and sort the data, and get more information about the layer by viewing any available related data tables, as well as any related photos or other file attachments.
If a feature layer is editable, its attribute table is always editable. If you have privileges to edit the layer, you can edit or delete the attributes in the layer's attribute table and in any related tables, as well as attach additional related photos and files. If you are the owner of a hosted feature layer, or an administrator of your organization, you can add, delete, and calculate fields on hosted feature layers.
You can also learn more about the individual fields—for example, see whether a field is required or view its default value—by clicking the column header for the field you are interested in and clicking Show Detailed View. The table shrinks to a more focused view of the field you selected, with a Summary section; a Settings section with field attribute rules, such as required fields and default value; and a Details section with information like the field name and type. The information you see in each section depends on the field type and your privileges. For example, in the Summary section, you will see a histogram for numeric and date fields, or a list of the top 10 unique values and associated count information for text fields.
To choose a different field to explore without going back to the full table, click the Options button on the left and select a different field. After you are finished viewing detailed information about a field, you can return to the full table view by clicking the Close (X) button.
For feature layers that contain multiple layers, you can work with the attributes and fields of the individual layers by first selecting the layer from the Layer drop-down menu.
Using the Visualization tab, you can make changes to the default properties of a feature layer without having to open the layer in Map Viewer. You can change the layer’s style, apply a filter, configure pop-ups, or label the features in the layer. You can also hide the layer in the legend or change the refresh interval. As in Map Viewer, the Visualization tab provides navigation tools to explore the layer, access to the basemap gallery, and a search box to find an address or place.
If you own the item, you can save any changes you make to the layer. Both the item owner and those who have privileges to create content might also choose to save a copy of the layer as a new item in My Content.
To work with a feature layer using the Visualization tab, do any of the following:
If the feature layer contains multiple layers, first select the layer you want to work with from the Layer drop-down menu.
- Click the Change Style button to change the default style of the layer.
- Click the Filter button to apply a filter to the layer.
- Click the Configure Pop-up button to configure pop-ups for the layer.
- Click the Create Labels button to label the features in the layer.
- Click the More Options button and click Zoom to to show all the features in the layer.
- For feature layers with edit tracking enabled, click the More Options button and click Filter Edits to filter the edits you see on the map.
- Click the More Options button and click Hide in Legend to hide the layer in the legend.
- Click the More Options button and click Refresh Interval to set the layer’s refresh interval.
- Click the Search button on the map and enter an address or place-name to find specific locations or features.
- Pan the map or use the navigation tools to zoom or go to the default extent.
- Click the Basemap Gallery button on the map to select a different basemap.
- Click Save layer to save your changes to the layer. This button is available for item owners, administrators, or shared update group members.
- If you have privileges to create content, click Save as new layer to save a copy of the layer as a new item in My Content. In the Save as New Layer window, add a title, tags, and summary and choose a folder to store the item as needed, and click Save. If the feature layer has multiple layers, you have the option of saving all layers or only the current layer.
For item owners and administrators, the Usage tab provides usage details about an item that help you gauge its popularity. Usage details show how many times the item has been used for the time period you select. Historical usage information is available for the past year. Depending on the item type, usage details can include the number of views, requests, or downloads, and the average number of views, requests, or downloads per day.
Views refers to the number of times the item has been viewed or opened. For maps, scenes, nonhosted layers, and web apps, the view count is increased by one when you open the item page or open the item in Map Viewer. For example, if you opened the item page for a map image layer and clicked Open in Map Viewer, the count would increase by two. For other items such as mobile apps, KML, and so on, the view count is increased by one when you open the item; the count does not increase when you open the item details page.
For hosted web layers (feature, tile, and scene), the number of requests is provided instead of views. Requests refers to the number of times a request is made for the data within the layer. For example, someone might open an app that contains a hosted feature layer. Opening the app counts as one view for the application, but multiple requests may be necessary to draw all the features in the hosted layer and are counted as such.
For downloadable file item types such as CSVs, SHPs, and so on, the number of downloads is displayed. For registered apps, the Usage tab also displays the number of times users have logged in to the app. Apps that allow access to subscriber content through the organization subscription show usage by credits. You can change the time frame for the credit usage reporting period.
The number of views displayed in search results may be smaller than the number listed on the details page. The details page has the more accurate number.
Depending on your privileges and the item type, you can use the Settings tab to configure settings on an item to attach code to apps, change the extent, create an ArcGIS Marketplace listing, allow others to save a copy of the item, and so on. Hosted feature layers include additional settings related to who can edit and export your layers. The Settings tab is also the place where item owners can delete their items.
The following general settings can be configured.
Check this option when you do not want the item to be accidentally deleted, for example, if it is a layer used in a map featured in your gallery.
To remove your item from the site, click Delete. To prevent accidentally deleting an item that is part of your organization's featured content—for example, a layer in a featured map—you can enable delete protection as a setting of the item.
The extent is the geographic boundary you specify for the item. It is defined using the minimum and maximum x and y coordinates of the area.
To set or change the extent, click Set Extent and do any of the following in the Set Extent window:
- Use the geocoding box at the top to find a place or address on the map. The extent adjusts to center on the place or address.
- Click Draw Extent and draw a box to define the area. ArcGIS Online updates the coordinates of the extent based on what you draw. Click Enable Map Navigation to stop drawing and pan or zoom to the area you want.
- Type the coordinates of the area in the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right boxes.
You can create an ArcGIS Marketplace listing of your private items if you have the correct privileges.
Web map settings
The following settings are available for web maps.
Uncheck the Enable offline mode box to disable offline use. If your map supports offline use—that is, if all layers in the map were enabled for offline use when the map was saved—this option is automatically enabled. If the map does not support offline mode, this setting is ignored. To change the default offline settings, click Show advanced options. For more information, see Take maps offline.
Check this option to allow others to save a copy of your map. Uncheck it when you want your map to be viewed as you configured it and you do not want it to be easily copied and saved by others.
Set map options for routing, measuring, finding locations, and other tools and capabilities in ArcGIS apps.
Hosted web layer settings
The following settings apply to apps. Some settings only apply to specific types of apps.
- URL—You can edit the URL of your web mapping, mobile, or application extension app. For example, if the URL of your app changes, you can use the URL setting to point the app item to the new URL.
- Code Attachment—You can attach code (as a ZIP file) to your apps. This can be helpful if you are sharing a sample or a configurable app and want others to have access to your code.
To update a code attachment without resetting the download counter on the item, use Update Code and upload a ZIP file with the same name as the original ZIP file. If you want to attach a new file, first delete the existing file; then use Attach Code. This will reset the download count on the item.
- Purpose—For web mapping, mobile, or desktop apps, specify the purpose of the app you've added.
- Platform—For desktop apps, specify the platform of the app you've added.
- API—For web apps, specify the API on which your app is built.
- SDK—For mobile apps, specify the SDK on which your app is built.
- Configuration Parameters—You can add configuration parameters for your configurable app when its Purpose is set to Configurable.
- App Registration—You can register your app to allow others to sign in to ArcGIS. You can also view and update registration information and view details about who has logged in to the app and the number of credits they've consumed.