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Temporal data includes time and date information for geographic locations. If your data contains temporal values, you can add a time-aware layer to a map in Excel and run an animation that shows how patterns in the data change over time.
When you enable time animation on a map layer, you use the Time Settings pane to configure the field in your data that contains the time information. You can also configure the animation slider itself to specify playback speed, time interval, and whether to display cumulative data on the map.
To enable time animation on a layer, do the following:
The Time settings pane opens.
The Layer drop-down list shows only the time-enabled layers in your map; these can be time-enabled layers added from ArcGIS or layers added from an Excel spreadsheet that contains time and date information. By default, the active layer is the one from which you opened the Time settings pane.
The drop-down list only displays columns that contain temporal data.
In the Contents pane, a small clock icon appears beside the layer name to indicate that time animation is enabled.
The Time Slider appears on the map, using the default options. You can configure the Time Slider to change the animation speed and time interval; see Configure the time slider.
The Time Slider allows animate temporal layers on the map to see how your data changes over time. You can configure the playback speed of time animations, define the time intervals shown, and specify whether to display cumulative data or only data in the current time interval. Time slider configuration options apply to all time-animated layers on a map.
To configure the Time Slider, do the following:
The Time Settings pane opens.
The default speed is two seconds per time interval.
The units that appear in the drop-down list depend on the time lines in the layer data.
The Time Slider appears as an animation control overlaid on the map. When you're not inactively working with the Time Slider, it appears semitransparent so that it doesn't interfere with the map display. When you play the animation or hover over the slider, it appears opaque to better display the available controls.
There are several controls you can use to manipulate a time animation.