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Select features

Selecting features on a map provides a way to identify, locate, and visually analyze a set or subset of data on the map. For example, you can select records in your spreadsheet that correspond to the features selected on the map, or you can filter the spreadsheet to show only the selected features. You can also find other features that are within a specified distance of a selection. Using the selection tools, you can easily add new features to a selection, deselect some features, or clear all selections.

Select features on a map

To select features on a map, do the following:

  1. On the map that you want to work with, click the Select button (Select button).

    The Select pane opens.

    Select pane

  2. From the layer drop-down menu, choose the layer that contains the features you want to select.
  3. To make a selection, do any of the following:
    • From the Select drop-down menu, choose the Rectangle selection tool and drag a rectangle on the map to select the features you want
    • From the Select drop-down menu, choose 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.
  4. 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:
    • From the Clear drop-down menu, choose the Clear selection tool to clear all selections in the layer.
    • From the Clear drop-down menu, choose the Remove from selection tool and drag a rectangle on the map around the features you want to remove from the selection.

Analyze selected features

After you select features on a layer, you can access more detailed information about those features in several ways.

Work with the spreadsheet

View detailed information about the selected features by viewing the corresponding records in the Excel spreadsheet.

From the Select pane, click 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.

Find nearby locations

Find locations in a layer that are within a specified distance from the currently selected features on the map.

From the ArcGIS Maps ribbon, click Find Nearby. Follow the steps in Find nearby features.