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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.
To select features on a map, do the following:
The Select pane opens.
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.
After you select features on a layer, you can access more detailed information about those features in several ways.
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 more features on the map and click Select Excel rows again to add additional rows to the selection in your spreadsheet.
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.