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Select features

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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 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 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.
    Note:
    • For point features, only features that are completely within the selection area are included in the selection.
    • If your map has point features that have been clustered, you will not be able to select the clustered features on the map using the selection tools. Turn off clustering 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.
  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.
    Tip:

    You can also right-click the map to display a context menu and choose Clear Selection to clear all selections from all layers in the map.

Analyze selected features

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

Select pane

Work with the spreadsheet

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

In 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.

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. Save 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 specify the spatial reference for the exported data, do the following:

  1. On the map, select items from a point layer.
  2. In the Select pane, click Export selection to file or Export selection to worksheet.
  3. Choose the spatial reference to use for the export function.

    You can specify the spatial reference from the current basemap, or choose the standard WGS, Web Mercator, or other well-known coordinate system.

  4. To set the selected spatial reference as the default for all future point layer export functions, check the Use this selection by default check box.

    You can change this setting in the ArcGIS Maps configuration settings.

  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.

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.