Interact with features in a map

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.

Search for a feature on 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.

  1. In the map toolbar, tap or click the search box.
  2. Type the feature identifier and press Enter.
  3. If a single feature is found, the map is panned and zoomed to it. If multiple results are found, a list appears so you can choose which feature is correct. Tap or click a single feature to pan and zoom to it.
  4. Tap or click clear Clear results to clear the search and remove the pushpin graphics from the map.

Select features on a map

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.

  1. Tap or click the Select Features Select Features tool to display the Selection toolbar.
  2. Tap or click a feature on the map to select it, or use a tool to draw a selection on the map. You can use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl and Shift to add to or remove from the selection.
    • Use the Drag a box Drag a box on the map to select features tool to select features with a rectangle. This tool is selected by default when you first open the Selection toolbar.
    • Use the Draw a freehand polygon Draw a freehand polygon on the map to select features tool to select features with a sketched shape.
    • Use the Drag a circle Drag a circle on the map to select features tool to select features with a circle.

    Your selection is highlighted on the map. The selection toolbar is replaced with the map toolbar. Operational displays that use the selection are updated.

  3. Tap or click outside your selection to clear the selection, or tap or click the Clear Feature Selection Clear Feature Selection tool.

Display pop-up information windows about features on the map

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.

Feature pop-up

  1. Tap or click a feature.
  2. If there are multiple features where you tapped or clicked, you can tap or click the Previous and Next buttons to view the information for each feature.
  3. Close the window when you are done with it.

Follow a feature on a map

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.

  1. On the map, press and hold or right-click a feature and tap or click Follow. The feature you're following flashes as the map updates to keep it centered.
  2. To turn off following, tap or click the Follow button on the toolbar. The feature continues to flash, but it may not remain in the center of the map.
  3. Tap or click Done when you no longer want to track the feature.

Measure features on a map

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.

  1. Tap or click the Measure Measure tool to display the Measure toolbar.
  2. Choose the tool you want to use, and tap or click the map to take a measurement. The measurement or location appears in the toolbar.
    • Tap or click the Measure A Distance button, and tap or click the map once for every vertex of the line you want to measure. Double-tap or double-click to complete the line. This tool is selected by default when you first open the Measure toolbar.
    • Tap or click the Measure An Area button, and tap or click the map once for every vertex of the area you want to measure. Double-tap or double-click to complete the area.
    • Tap or click the Get The Location Of A Point button, and tap or click the map at the location where you want to get coordinates. The current coordinate units of the map are used to report the coordinates of the point. You can change the format by choosing a different format from the drop-down list shown in the Measure toolbar.
  3. Tap or click the Copy button to copy the value of the measurement or the coordinate values to your clipboard.
  4. Either before or after making a measurement, choose a unit of measurement from the drop-down list shown in the Measure toolbar. If you change units after making a measurement, the current result will be converted to the newly selected unit.
  5. When you are finished using the measure tools, tap or click the Done button on the Measure toolbar.

Get driving directions between locations

Driving Directions calculates text directions and distances and displays a route between locations on the map.

  1. In the map toolbar, tap or click Driving Directions Driving Directions. When enabled, you can press and hold or right-click a feature to get directions to or from that location.
  2. Type an address or place for points A and B. You can also specify a point on the map or use your current location if you have a GPS-enabled device.
  3. Reverse the route, if needed.
  4. Tap or click Route.
  5. The directions and distances display in the panel, and the route is highlighted on the map. Tap or click a direction in the list to zoom to the location.
  6. Tap or click Done to close the route information and clear it from the map.

Turn layers on and off

Map Contents lists the layers that can be turned on and off.

Map Contents

  1. In the map toolbar, tap or click the Map Contents drop-down arrow.
  2. Check the layers or sublayers you want to display in the map, and uncheck the ones you want to turn off.
  3. Tap or click anywhere on the map or application frame to close the Map Contents list.

Use a different basemap in a map

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.

Basemaps gallery

  1. Tap or click the Basemaps button.
  2. Tap or click a different basemap in the gallery.