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Find nearby features

Using the Find nearby tool, you can easily find locations that are near other locations on your map. For example, you may want to find distribution centers that are near a warehouse.

The Find nearby tool lets you select features on the map and find features that are within a specified distance or drive time of the selection.

The Find nearby tool is only available for layers created from Microsoft Office data and for feature service layers.

  1. Click anywhere on the map to select it.
  2. On the ArcGIS Maps ribbon, click the Find nearby button.

    You can also access the Find nearby tool from a pop-up window. See Configure and display pop-ups for more information.

    The Find nearby pane opens.

  3. From the Choose a source layer drop-down menu, choose the layer containing the features you want to select.
  4. Do any of the following to make selections:
    • Click the Rectangle selection tool and drag a rectangle on the map to select the features you want.
    • Click the Free-hand selection tool and drag a freehand shape on the map to select the features you want.
    • To select a single feature, click the feature on the map while either of the selection tools is enabled.

    Continue to draw shapes or click individual features to select more features as needed.

    To pan the map while making selections, use the Pan tool.

  5. To clear all selections or remove part of your selection, do one of the following:
    • Click the Remove from selection tool and drag a rectangle on the map around the features you want to remove from the selection.
    • Click the Clear selection tool to clear all selections in the layer.
  6. Click Next.
  7. In the Refine search area section, click Ring to search within a specified distance around the selection, or click Drive time to search within a specified drive time of the selection.
  8. If you chose Ring in the previous step, specify a radius in either miles or kilometers. If you chose Drive time, specify the maximum drive time from the selection in minutes or hours.
  9. Choose a target layer from the drop-down menu.

    The search looks for features in the target layer that are near the selected features in the source layer.

  10. To save the search area, check the Save search area as layer check box.

    The search area for each Find nearby action is generated as a temporary layer in the Contents pane, using the name of the original layer with a prefix indicating the name of the related action, for example, Find nearby buffer - LayerName. You can use these layers as reference for future select actions.

  11. Click Find.

    The results of the search are selected on the map and the Find Nearby pane shows the number of selected features.

    To work with the results in the spreadsheet, do one of the following:

    • Select Excel rows—Selects all records in the spreadsheet that correspond to the features selected on the map. You can then use standard Excel functions such as export, copy, and so on.

      Select more features on the map and click Select Excel rows again to add additional rows to the selection in your spreadsheet.

    • Filter spreadsheet—Filters the spreadsheet to display only the rows that correspond with features selected on the map.

    • Clear filter—All rows appear in Excel, regardless of the features selected on the map.