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When you add data to your map, the data appears as one or more layers listed in the Contents pane. When you want to work with the layers in your map—for example, toggle layer visibility, style your data, configure clustering, and so on—you can display the Contents pane and access your layers of data. You can hide the Contents pane at any time when you want a full view of the map.
The Contents pane lists all layers available to display in the map. By default, ArcGIS Maps for Office displays all available layers. Using the check box beside each layer name, you can specify which layers to display and which to hide from view, making it easier for you to work with features on the map. For grouped styles, you can also hide individual groups as desired.
By default, all available layers are visible (selected).
Items on the specified layer are no longer displayed on the map.
Layers that you add to the map can be renamed in the Contents pane. When you first add a layer, the layer name is determined by the layer's data source. When you change the layer name in the Contents pane, only the display name of the layer is changed; the name in the underlying data is not affected.
The order in which layers are listed in the Contents pane represents how layers are drawn on the map. Within the map, the layers listed at the top draw over those listed below them, and so on, down the list. You can easily move layers in the Contents pane to adjust their drawing order.