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Share a layer to ArcGIS

Sharing your ArcGIS Maps for Office layers to ArcGIS is a quick way to share information with others in your organization or in the ArcGIS public community. You can share individual layers or the entire map.

When you share a layer, a hosted feature service is created in ArcGIS.


You can only share layers to ArcGIS if you are signed in with an organizational account that has publisher permissions with specific privileges enabled. If you're unsure of your account privileges, contact your ArcGIS subscription administrator.

Only layers created with ArcGIS Maps for Office can be shared. You cannot share layers to ArcGIS that you've added through a search.

  1. Sign in to ArcGIS if you're not already signed in.
  2. In the Contents pane, click the layer you want to share.

    Layers styled as heat maps cannot be shared to Portal for ArcGIS. To share the layer, apply a different style.

    If you want to share a layer with clustering applied, the layer is shared as a point layer without clustering.

  3. On the ArcGIS Maps ribbon, click Share map.
  4. Specify a title, tags, and a description for the layer and choose whether to share it with everyone (public), your organization, or any groups to which you belong.
  5. Click Share.