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Selections allow you to temporarily target areas of interest, such as unusual highs or lows in your data, and highlight those data points in related maps, charts, and tables. Unlike filtering, selections on cards are temporary. While selections do not change the source data, they do affect the results of an analysis or statistical summary, because these functions only use the current selection. However, selections won’t update previously executed spatial analytics.

Tip:

Selections can be used to spatially filter data and to create other maps, charts, or tables by dragging selections onto the map, chart, or table drop zone on your page.

Map cards

Features on a map can be selected using a selection tool, by interacting with the legend, or by making a selection on a different card that is displaying the same data. Selections are cleared by clicking a blank area on your map.

Selection tools

Selection tools can be used to select one or more features on a map. Your pointer will always function as Select when you click a feature on the map unless a different tool is chosen. You can access the selection tools using the Selection tools button Selection tools on a map toolbar.

The following table summarizes the five selection tools that can be used with map cards.

ToolDescription

Select Select

Select is used to select individual features on your map. You can click to select a single feature or use Ctrl+click to select multiple features.

Select is the default selection tool.

Box select Box select

Box select is used to select multiple features within the same area. A rectangle is drawn on the map by clicking and dragging the corners to the desired extent. All features from the active layer that are within the rectangle or that intersect the rectangle will be selected.

Lasso Lasso

Lasso is used to select multiple features within an irregular area. A closed shape is drawn on the map by dragging the cursor to create the desired shape. All features from the active layer that are within the shape or that intersect the shape will be selected.

Zoom to selection Zoom to selection

Zoom to selection is used to change the map extent and zoom level to fit the features selected on a map. Zoom to selection cannot be used to select features and is only available in the toolbar when there are selected features on the map.

Invert selection Invert selection

Invert selection is used to switch all selected and unselected features. Invert selection is only available in the toolbar when there are selected features on the map.

Legends

Features can be selected using the legend (available in the Layer options pane) when a layer is styled by Types (Unique Symbols), Counts and Amounts (Size), or Counts and Amounts (Colors).

Selecting a category or class of values on a legend will select all of the features from that category or class on the map. Multiple categories or classes can be selected on the legend using Ctrl+click.

Selecting features on a map from the legend

Chart cards

Features on a chart can be selected using a selection tool, by interacting with the legend, or by making a selection on a different card that is displaying the same data. Selections are cleared by clicking a blank area on your chart.

Selection tools

Selection tools can be used to select one or more features on a chart. Your pointer will always function as Select when you click a feature on the chart unless a different tool is chosen. You can access the selection tools using the Selection tools button Selection tools on the chart toolbar.

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The availability of selection tools depends on which type of chart is being visualized.

The following table summarizes the three selection tools that may be available with chart cards.

ToolDescription

Select Select

Select is used to select individual features on your chart. You can click to select a single feature or use Ctrl+click to select multiple features.

Select is the default selection tool.

Box select Box select

Box select is used to select multiple features on a chart. A rectangle is drawn on the chart by dragging the corners to the desired extent. All features that are within the rectangle or that intersect the rectangle will be selected.

Invert selection Invert selection

Invert selection is used to switch all selected and unselected features. Invert selection is only available in the toolbar when there are selected features on the chart.

Legends

Features can be selected using the legend when a layer is styled by Unique symbols.

Selecting a category of values on a legend will select all of the features from that category on the chart.

Selecting features on a chart from the legend

Summary tables

Features in summary tables can be selected by clicking the desired features or using Ctrl+click. The selected features will be represented in the summary table as well as any other maps, charts, or tables displaying the same data. Once a selection has been made on a summary table, the following options will be available:

  • Invert a selection: Click the Invert selection button Invert selection to switch your selected features. The inverted selection will be reflected in all other cards displaying the same data.
  • Show a selection: Click the Show selection button Show selection to show only your selected features in the summary table. The features that are not selected will be temporarily removed from the summary table. The selected features will remain selected on all other cards displaying the same data, but no other changes will take place to those cards. You can show the unselected features again by clicking Show selection a second time. The selected features will remain selected until you click the scroll bar in the summary table or inside another card.