Save maps (Map Viewer Classic)


This topic includes information related to Map Viewer Classic. An enhanced map viewer is now available. Open Map Viewer from the app launcher to get started. To learn more, see the Map Viewer help documentation.

In Map Viewer Classic, you save maps in the following scenarios:

  • When you first create a map, save it to create a map item.

    You are the owner of the map item.

  • Make changes to a map you own and save your changes.

    You must be the owner of a map to edit and save changes to it.

  • Save a copy of someone else's map. This creates a copy of the map, and you are the owner of it. You can now edit and save changes to this new map.

    You can make a copy of someone else's map only if the owner has checked the box next to Allow others to save a copy of this item on the Settings tab of the web maps item page.

  • Make a copy of a map you own. You might do this if you created a map to use as a template that contains the basemap and initial settings you commonly use.

In all these scenarios, you must have the privilege to create, update, and delete content.

  1. Verify that you are signed in to the organization.
  2. In Map Viewer Classic, create or open a map.
    • To initially save a map or save changes to a map you own, click Save > Save.
    • To save a copy of a map, click Save > Save As.
  3. If you are saving a map for the first time or saving a copy of a map, follow these steps:
    1. Type a title.
    2. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your map. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    3. Optionally, type tags that describe your map.
      Tags are words or short phrases that describe your map. Separate terms with commas. Federal land is considered one tag, while Federal, land is considered two tags.
    4. Provide a summary that describes the map.
    5. Choose a folder in My Content where you want to save the map and click Save Map.
  4. Tip:

    If you want to change the title of the map after you save it, click the Edit Map Title button Edit Map Title next to the title, modify the title, and click Save.

When you initially save a map or save a copy of a map, a new map item appears on the My Content tab of the content page and is only available to you. Depending on your sharing privileges, you may be able to share your map with groups you belong to, your organization, or everyone (public).


If you need to share your map with everyone (public) but the map contains subscriber content or premium content from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, create a configurable app from your map and share the app with the public. Doing so allows people who are not signed in to an organization to have access to the subscriber or premium content. See Share apps for more information.

As the map owner, you can also edit the map's item details.