Maps may contain tools for interacting with features. The available tools depend on which ones the author chose to include in the operation view. For example, you may be able to select features, open a pop-up about a feature, or measure distances and areas. If feature actions were configured for the map, you can press and hold or right-click a feature to see the operations available for interacting with it.
Feature actions add display and navigation functions to individual features. For example, the highlight action allows users to flash a feature, while follow tracks a particular feature as it moves without having to pan manually to keep the feature centered in the map.
The search box allows you to search the map for a feature. It is the same search used to search the map for place names, addresses, and coordinate locations.
When you select features, you can see them highlighted on the map.
In some cases, you may need to select a feature to display the contents of another widget. For example, in the operation view used to monitor city emergency operations, the operation view author has created a gauge to display the remaining fuel level for the currently selected fire truck feature. Until you select a fire truck on the map, the gauge will not display any values because it has no source of data. Each time you select a different vehicle, the gauge updates to show the fuel level of that truck. If you can select multiple features in the map (sometimes authors allow you to select only one feature at a time), the gauge displays an aggregation of the fuel levels for all selected features. This aggregation could be an average, sum, minimum, or maximum value, depending on how it was set up by the author. Because you need to select features on the map to display information, this kind of operation view is intended to be used interactively, rather than monitored passively.
Your selection is highlighted on the map. The selection toolbar is replaced with the map toolbar. Operational displays that use the selection are updated.
Pop-ups provide more information about the features on a map. The windows can include field values, images, hyperlinks, or other content about the feature. The window stays open as you pan or zoom the map and follows the feature if its position updates automatically. As you hover over a feature, a condensed version of the content in the window appears as a tip.
Follow tracks a particular feature as it moves so you do not have to pan manually to keep the feature centered on the map. This allows you to monitor a feature.
You can use the Measure tool to determine the length of a line, the area of a polygon, or the coordinates of a point on the map. Before or after performing each measurement, you can set or change the units of measurement. You can also copy the result to the clipboard.
If the map uses a Web Mercator or other WGS 1984 coordinate system, the distance and area measure tools calculate geodesic values. For all other map coordinate systems, the calculations are planar.
You may find that what you want to measure is not completely contained within the current extent of the map; for example, a street or parcel may extend beyond what is visible. To move the map as you're measuring while still maintaining the cumulative total distance or area, press and hold to pan the map in the desired direction. Once you're at the desired location, resume measuring by tapping or clickingthe map.
Driving Directions calculates text directions and distances and displays a route between locations on the map.
Map Contents lists the layers that can be turned on and off.
You can change the basemap for the map by choosing a new one from the gallery. This allows you to use different underlying data, such as streets or imagery, when you're exploring a map.