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Sign in to ArcGIS

To use ArcGIS Maps for Office, you must be signed in to an ArcGIS Online organizational account or a Portal for ArcGIS instance. Your organization's administrator grants organizational roles and privileges to ArcGIS accounts. A role defines what you can do within the organization. For example, with a user role, you can add items, create web maps, and participate in groups. With a publisher role, you can publish hosted feature services; this is the required role for sharing layers and maps from ArcGIS Maps for Office to ArcGIS. Your organization's administrator can also create a custom role with specific privileges to use other features of ArcGIS Maps for Office. If you're unsure as to your role, contact your organization's administrator.


When you're not signed in to ArcGIS, you can pan and zoom the map and turn layers on and off, but the ArcGIS Maps toolbar is not available.

To start using ArcGIS Maps for Office, do the following:

  1. From the Microsoft Office menu, click the ArcGIS Maps tab.

    The ArcGIS Maps ribbon appears.

    Esri Maps ribbon

  2. Click the Sign In button.

    The ArcGIS sign in window opens.

  3. Provide your ArcGIS user name and password. Check the Keep me signed in check box to store your credentials on your local computer.
  4. Click Sign In.