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Navigate the map

When navigating the map, you can use these tools to access different countries, access features with the tool palette, and zoom in and out for better viewing.

Change the country

You can search for countries and select the country you want to view on the map. Once selected, the country appears on the map for this session. The country drop-down menu is located on the upper right of the application and is available on any screen.

Change the country

Use the Country Options in Set Preferences to set your country default.

You can select advanced data sources from local providers that offer additional variables and lower levels of geography for Germany, France, Spain, India, Australia and South Korea. To access the data source, click on the settings icon. Click for data source options The data source default can be set in Preferences.

Note:

Because the levels of geography are different across different data sources, standard geography sites created in one data source will only be available in the data source it was created in.

You can search for countries with the following:

  • Search
    Search countries
  • Alphabetical search
    Alphabetical search for countries
  • Show All
    Show all countries
  • Continent search
    Continent search

Tool palette

The Tool palette contains tools available for all workflows.

Tool palette in the Maps view

Pin

Defines a point on the map and is used to create a site for analysis. You can add rings, drive time or walk time and move or delete the point. Use More options to select drive time types, traveling toward or away from a facility and traffic options.

Note:

The overall geocoding quality is a function of the degree of street-level address coverage in a country, knowledge of a country's address styles, and geocoding performance for addresses in that country. For more information, see Geocode coverage.

Pan and select

Allows you to pan the map and select features on the map to create reports. To use the Pan tool, click and hold the left mouse button and drag to pan the map. Select allows you to view detailed information of map features, select and combine features on the map and create a report.

Note:

This button is not available for touch devices and will not be shown on the tool palette.

Zoom in

Creates a closer view of an area on the map. Quickly zoom in by clicking and drawing a box around the area.

Note:

This button is not available for touch devices and will not be shown on the tool palette.

Zoom out

Creates a zoomed-out view of an area on the map. Quickly zoom out by clicking and drawing a box around the area.

Note:

This button is not available for touch devices and will not be shown on the tool palette.

Measure distance and area

Allows you to measure the distance between points of interest on the map. Use the grids to measure with accuracy.

Add annotation

Allows you to create text, shapes, drawings, and images on the map.

  • Text—Place text on the map and select the font, size and color. Use bold, italic and underline. Use the check box to preview the text before adding it to the map. Click Add text to add text to the map.
  • Shape—Click or drag the shape on the map to add it. Choose the fill and border.
  • Draw—Use the polygon or freehand tool for your drawing. Choose the fill and border.
  • Image—Use Browse to locate the image to import. You can use PNG, JPG and GIF files. The recommended image file size is 20 KB.

Clear map

Allows you to clear items on the map. Use the dialog box to select items you want to clear. The sites are cleared from the map and are accessible in My Content.

Share map to ArcGIS

Allows you to share sites, layers and maps in ArcGIS Online. Enter the title and check the checkbox to include organizations or groups to share. By default, it will be stored in ArcGIS Online.

Create PDF or image

Allows you to take a screen capture of a map and save it as a PDF or save the current view as an image file. PDFs are saved in My Content.

Map legend

Provides information about the content (sites and layers) currently on the map. You can interact with the legend in two ways: the Legend tab and the My Content tab.

  • On the Legend tab, you can view the symbology and related information for the sites and layers— for example, below is a legend representing a map with a variety of content on it – a point site, a polygon site, a web map with conservation and recreational land layers, and a color coded map. You can use the Expand/collapse control to expand/collapse any part of the legend.
    Legend tab
  • The Map contents tab allows you to customize how the sites and layers are displayed on the map— for example, by modifying transparency levels and rearranging the order. Point-based sites and polygon sites are separately grouped together as Sites Points and Sites Areas respectively; other layers are individually listed. Click the ellipsis button See more options to see more options for a layer or group. You can move it up or down, adjust the transparency, or remove a layer (but not a site) from the map.
    Map contents tab
Rearranging the order is useful when you need to interact with a site or layer that appears under another. For example, in the following scenario the site Polygon 2 is above the color coded map. You can click on any of the color-coded census tracts to view more information and options for it, except for those tracts that fall under the polygon site. To change this, click Move up to move this layer to above Sites Areas, the group that contains polygon sites. You can also drag and drop the layer to the desired position in the list.
More options

Add historical traffic layer

Allows you to view traffic count data on the map. The Historical Traffic Data dialog box opens and by default all the available traffic counts for the current map extent are displayed.

Historical Traffic Data
You may view the Legend, or use the Style tab to change the theme, color and size of the traffic count display, and apply styles using Smart mapping options. On the Filters tab, you can further refine the traffic counts by number, street name, road type and traffic count type:
  • Annual Daily Traffic: Represents counts taken Sunday through Saturday. Seasonally adjusted to represent the average day of the year.
  • Daily Traffic: Represents counts taken Sunday through Saturday. Adjusted for day of the week but not seasonally.
  • Annual Weekday Traffic: Represents counts taken Monday through Friday. Seasonally adjusted to represent the average weekday of the year.
  • Weekday Daily Traffic: Represents counts taken Monday through Friday. Adjusted for weekday but not seasonally.

Add boundaries and labels on the map

Allows you to toggle on and off the display of administrative boundaries and labels on the map. These will vary depending on the country selected. To modify boundaries' settings click the preferences icon Preferences icon to launch the Preferences window. Click Maps > Boundaries.

Zoom tool

The Zoom tool allows you to zoom in and out of a map area. Click the plus sign to zoom in and the minus sign to zoom out.

Zoom tool

When hovering the pointer over the Zoom tool, pop-ups appear indicating the level of zoom. You can choose from Block Groups, Census Tracts, ZIP Codes, Counties, Congressional Districts, and States. You can click any of these to zoom to the respective map level.

Click the Basemaps icon Basemap button to view a list of available basemaps. Click on any basemap to apply it to the map.

Click the Home icon Home button to view the default extent of the map. This can be the zoom to location you've set in Preferences or the country default extent if you have changed the country setting in Preferences.

Click the Find my location icon Crosshair button to zoom to your current location on the map.