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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 export data from features selected on the map to a separate file or to a new worksheet. You can also find other features that are within a specified distance of a selection. Using the selection tools, you can add 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. Choose the layer that you want to modify: hover over the right side of the desired layer card to display its tools and click the Layer options button Layer options.
    Layer options pane
  2. The selection tools are located on the right side of the map.

    Map selection tools
    Note:

    • If your map contains no layers, or if the active layer is styled using clusters or as a heat map, there are no selectable items and the selection tools are not enabled.
    • You can select a maximum of 500 point features or 250 polygons at one time.

  3. To make a selection, do any of the following using the selection tools.
    Pan
    • Click and drag to move the map view to a different location while making selections.
    • Click a feature using the Pan tool to open the feature's pop-up, if pop-ups are enabled.
    Select by rectangle
    • Drag a rectangle on the map to select features within the shape.
    • Press Ctrl and click to add a single feature to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and drag to add multiple features to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and click to remove a single feature from the current selection.
    • Click anywhere on the map to clear all selections.
    Select by freehand shape
    • Drag a freehand shape on the map to select features within the shape.
    • Press Ctrl and click to add a single feature to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and drag to add multiple features to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and click to remove a single feature from the current selection.
    • Click anywhere on the map to clear all selections.
    Clear selection
    • Clear all selections.
    • Press Esc to clear all selections.
  4. Continue to draw shapes or click individual features as needed.
    Caution:

    If you change the active layer after selecting features, change the layer's style to heat map, or enable clustering on the layer, the current selection will be cleared.

    Note:

    • For point features, only features that are completely within the selection area are included in the selection.
    • If the active layer is styled using clustering or as a heat map, the selection tools are not enabled. Turn off clustering or choose a different style for the layer to enable selection on the layer.
    • When working with a time-aware layer, remember that the selection tools only select features that are currently visible on the map. Features that appear earlier or later in the time animation must be added to your selection separately. Alternatively, set the time animation to cumulatively display all features, and run the animation until all the features are visible before you make your selection.

Analyze selected features

After you select features in a layer, the Selection pane appears, listing the number of features selected. You can access more detailed information about the features in several ways.

Note:

You can view the selection results pane at any time by clicking the Show selection results button Selection results.

Selection results

Work with the spreadsheet

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

In the Selection pane, click one of the following:

  • Highlight selected 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 and copy.

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

  • Show only selected rows—Filters the spreadsheet to display only the rows that correspond with features selected on the map.
  • Show all rows—All rows appear in Excel, regardless of the features selected on the map.
  • Export selected rows—Exports information about the selected features to a separate file or to a new worksheet in the current workbook. For details, see Export data.
  • To stop the Selection pane from appearing after each selection, check the Don't show after selection check box. You can view the selection results pane at any time by clicking the Show selection results button Selection results.

Note:

Filtered rows are marked as hidden in Excel; data is not removed from the spreadsheet. If you inadvertently click Clear selection instead of Clear filter while the spreadsheet is filtered, click in the row number column to select the entire span of rows, and right-click and choose Unhide from the context menu to display all the rows.

Export data

You can export information about the selected features to a separate file or to a new worksheet in the current workbook.

  • Export selection to file—Exports information about the selected features on the layer to a separate file. Saves the file as an Excel workbook (.xlsx) or as a comma-separated values (.csv) file. When exporting to an XLSX file, ArcGIS Maps for Office creates an Excel table in a new workbook that includes data for each feature selected on the map. If the selection contains point features, the table will include the coordinates for each feature, and you can specify the spatial reference system to use. Polyline and polygon geometries are not exported.
  • Export selection to worksheet—Exports information about selected features on the map to a new worksheet in the current workbook. Features in the new worksheet are formatted in an Excel table, which contains data for each feature selected on the map. If the selection contains point features, the file will include the coordinates for each feature, and you can specify the spatial reference system to use. Polyline and polygon geometries are not exported.

When you export a selection of point features to a file or to a new worksheet, you can choose to use the spatial reference defined by the map's current basemap (default), or specify a different spatial reference. You can also specify the chosen spatial reference as the default for all future point layer export functions; you can change this setting at any time by modifying the ArcGIS Maps configuration settings.

To export selected data, do the following:

  1. In the Selection pane, click Export selected rows.
  2. Optionally choose the spatial reference to use for the exported data.
    • Click Spatial reference to open the Advanced spatial reference pane.
      Note:

      If ArcGIS Maps for Office is configured to use a specific spatial reference by default, this pane will not appear. To change the default spatial reference, uncheck the Use specified spatial reference when exporting point data option in the ArcGIS Maps for Office backstage configuration.

    • Choose a spatial reference from the drop-down menu.
    • To set the selected spatial reference as the default for future export functions, check the Use this selection by default check box.

      You can change this setting by clearing the Use specified spatial reference when exporting point data option in the ArcGIS Maps for Office backstage configuration.

  3. Click OK.
  4. In the Export selection to section, choose one of the following export options:
    • File—A Save as window appears. In the File name text box, type a name for the new file. From the Save as type drop-down menu, choose Excel Workbook (default) or CSV (Comma delimited) and click Save.
    • WorksheetArcGIS Maps for Office creates a worksheet in the current workbook that includes all the information about selected features.
  5. Click OK.

    The data from the selected points is exported to a new file or worksheet, along with coordinates using the specified spatial reference system. If the selection contains point features, the file or worksheet will include the coordinates for each selected feature. Polyline and polygon geometries are not exported. The data is formatted as an Excel table.

Find nearby locations

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

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