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Map element and tools

Maps play a central role in many dashboards. Not only are they often the most effective way to display your geographic information, but their operational layers can also be used by other data visualizations in the dashboard to create interesting, intuitive and compelling information products. Map elements display web maps authored in applications such as your ArcGIS organization's Map Viewer. See Create web maps for dashboards for best practices.

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A dashboard can contain multiple map elements, or none at all. When it doesn't, you can create the dashboard entirely with web layers available to you. See Understand data sources for details.

The map element comes with tools that can be toggled on or off at design time. Below are descriptions of these tools:

  • Default Extent and Bookmarks—Provides preexisting bookmarks in your map, and a way to return to the map's initial extent.
  • Legend—Displays the map's legend.
  • Layer Visibility—Enables you to toggle operational layers on or off.
  • Basemap—Allows dashboard users to change the basemap at runtime.
  • Zoom In/Out—Lets you easily zoom in or out of a map.
Map element

A map and its operational layers can be important in interactive dashboards. Both can be either the source or target of an action. The following are some examples of the many possibilities:

  • Map as the source of an action—A change in the map's extent filters the contents of one or more other dashboard elements. This can even change the extent of another map element.
  • Map as the target of an action—A selection on a dashboard element such as a list or category selector triggers a map to pan or zoom to the selected feature.
  • Operational layer as the source of an action—Selecting one or more features in an operational layer filters the contents of one or more other dashboard elements. This can also change the extent of another map element.
  • Operational layer as the target of an action—A selection on an element such as a list or category selector filters the operational layer to just show what was selected.