Get started with Map Viewer

Using Map Viewer (formerly known as Map Viewer Beta), you can create interactive web maps that you can share. It features responsive mapping and real-time updates to the map as you work. Map Viewer has an intuitive design that allows you to view and manage your content in one dedicated area and to customize and configure your map in another area. The following sections provide an overview of the new design and tools.

Map Viewer design

An ArcGIS web map is an interactive display of geographic information that you can use to tell stories and answer questions. Web maps contain a basemap, a set of data layers (many of which include interactive pop-ups with information about the data), an extent, a legend, and navigation tools to pan and zoom.

Use Map Viewer to view, explore, and create web maps in ArcGIS Online. Navigate the map to view various areas. Click features or imagery on the map to view pop-ups with information about the data. Rotate the map to get a new perspective. Experiment with zoom levels to see which features and layers are visible at different scales.

Map Viewer includes two vertical toolbars—the Contents (dark) toolbar and the Settings (light) toolbar. Use the Contents toolbar to manage and view the map contents and work with the map. Use the Settings toolbar to access tools and options for configuring and interacting with map layers and other map components.

County health outcomes map in the new Map Viewer with the Contents and Settings toolbars displayed

Use the Expand and Collapse buttons at the bottom of each toolbar ( for example, Expand and Collapse on the Settings toolbar) to expand or collapse them. You can also use the Hide interface button Hide interface on the map to collapse both toolbars at once and maximize space to work with the map.

Contents toolbar

Manage and view key components of the map using the Contents (dark) toolbar buttons. For example, you can change the basemap and add layers. Click the Layers button Layers to see what layers are in the map.

Layers in the map are drawn in the same order in which they appear in the Layers pane. You can organize layers to draw in any order and use hide Hide or show Show to hide or show, respectively, individual layers. You can also click Options Options to expand the list of options for the layer and view the layer's properties.

Layers pane

Some layers have symbology that appears in a legend. View the Legend pane to see how the data layer is represented on the map.

Legend pane

You can also use the Contents toolbar to perform actions such as opening, saving, sharing, and printing maps. Use the Information button to learn what to expect in future updates.

Settings toolbar

Select individual layers in the map to access tools and options on the Settings (light) toolbar. You can configure pop-ups, filters, clustering, labels, and more. Your changes are instantly visible on the map, allowing you to experiment and explore various options.

Open the Styles pane Styles to explore smart mapping styles exclusive to Map Viewer, such as dot density. You can try different symbols and color ramps for features and imagery in the map.

Some buttons on the Settings toolbar allow you to interact with and get new information from the map. You can search for locations, measure distance or area, view time-animated data, get directions, and find geographic coordinates.

When using the tools on the Settings toolbar, you can use the selector at the top of the pane to quickly navigate between layers.