Browse and search content

Use the content page to access, organize, browse, search, and work with content on the website. The content page is organized by tabs that allow you to browse and work with your own content (My Content), items you've marked as favorites (My Favorites), content shared with you through groups (My Groups), content from your organization (My Organization), and ArcGIS Living Atlas content (Living Atlas). Each tab allows you to browse and search for content in a focused way. The tabs you see, as well as some of the information and options on the tabs, depend on your ArcGIS account type (organizational or public), whether you are signed in, and your privileges.

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Another way to find and work with content is using the website search at the top of the site. Use the website search to perform a broader search for items in your organization, and, if your organization is configured to allow searching outside the organization, to find items shared by other organizations. To broaden your search results to include items owned by people outside your organization, click the Only search in <your organization name> toggle button to turn it off. Unless you are an administrator, you will only see this option if you are signed in as a member of your organization and your organization allows searching outside the organization.

Icons next to items on your content page tell you at a glance who can access your items and which groups they have been shared with, if any. Group designations, such as Featured Content and Open Data groups, are also identified. Items that were shared in a collaboration are also indicated with a collaboration badge.

Browse content

Click Content at the top of the website to browse items using the My Content, My Favorites, My Groups, My Organization, and Living Atlas tabs.

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  • You must have privileges to create content or own items to see the My Content tab.
  • You only see the Living Atlas tab if you are signed in with an organizational or a public account.

When browsing content using the content page tabs, you can do any of the following to help you explore and find items:

  • Display items in different ways using the view menu.
  • Sort items using the available sort options (and reverse the sort order as needed).
  • Limit the display to items that interest you using the filters on the left. For example, on most of the content page tabs, you can filter by item type, date modified, date created, tags, and how the item was shared. The Item Type filter has additional filters to further refine the results.

    To find items by location, use the Location filter. You can specify any of the following to find relevant items in your organization: places such as cities, counties, countries, and administrative boundaries; regions; and longitude and latitude coordinates. If your organization has multiple locators configured, choose the one you want to use to find items.

    To find items that have been marked as authoritative or deprecated, use the Status filter. You can find authoritative items shared with you or your organization and, if your organization is verified, you can find authoritative items shared with everyone. The Status filter can be used to find deprecated items in your organization only.

    Members of organizations that have content categories configured can also use the Categories filter on the My Content and My Organization tabs to find items. Those with public and organizational accounts can also filter ArcGIS Living Atlas content using the Categories filter on the Living Atlas tab. For groups that have group categories configured, group members can use these categories to filter group content from the My Groups tab.

    If your organization is participating in a distributed collaboration and you have the appropriate privileges, you can use the Collaboration filter to only show collaborated content.

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    When searching for apps, you can narrow your search to registered apps only by clicking the Registered Apps Only button under the Apps filter.

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    Active filters are shown at the top of the results page. Click the x next to a filter to clear it. To clear all active filters at once, click Clear filters.

  • Explore content shared with you through a specific group by selecting the group on the left of the My Groups tab.
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    You can also view items shared with a specific group using the Content tab on the group page.

Search content

To search for specific items, you can enter English search keywords into the focused search box on any of the tabs on the content page. Only content relevant to that tab is displayed. For example, you can search only your favorite items using the focused search box on the My Favorites tab. To narrow your search results, use the filters on the left. Use the view option buttons to change the way the results are displayed, and sort the items as needed.

If you'd rather search the entire website instead of searching using the tabs on the content page, use the search at the top of the site. If you don't see the result you expect, do any of the following to narrow or broaden your search results:

  • To broaden your search results to include items owned by people outside your organization, click the Only search in <your organization name> toggle button to turn it off. Unless you are an administrator, you will only see this option if you are signed in as a member of your organization and your organization allows searching outside the organization. If you are an administrator, you will see this option even if you've configured the organization to only allow members to search within the organization. One way to tell if your organization is configured to only search items within the organization is if all the items in your results are owned by members of your organization. If you aren't sure, contact the administrator of your organization.
    Tip:

    You can create a search string that returns results outside your organization using the &restrict=false parameter—for example, https://learngis.maps.arcgis.com/home/search.html?q=owner:Learn_ArcGIS&restrict=false. This has the same effect as turning off the Only search in <your organization name> option.

  • To further refine your search results, use the filters on the left. For example, on most of the content page tabs, you can filter by item type, date modified, date created, tags, and how the item was shared. If you're using the website search and want to find groups instead of content, click Groups to see relevant group results only. The Item Type filter has additional filters to further refine the results.

    To find items by location, use the Location filter. You can specify any of the following to find relevant items in your organization: places such as cities, counties, countries, and administrative boundaries; regions; and longitude and latitude coordinates. If your organization has multiple locators configured, choose the one you want to use to find items.

    To find items that have been marked as authoritative or deprecated, use the Status filter. You can find authoritative items shared with you or your organization and, if your organization is verified, you can find authoritative items shared with everyone. The Status filter can be used to find deprecated items in your organization only.

    Members of organizations that have content categories configured can also use the Categories filter on the My Content and My Organization tabs to find items. Those with public and organizational accounts can also filter ArcGIS Living Atlas content using the Categories filter on the Living Atlas tab. For groups that have group categories configured, group members can use these categories to filter group content from the My Groups tab.

    If your organization is participating in a distributed collaboration and you have the appropriate privileges, you can use the Collaboration filter to only show collaborated content.

    Tip:

    When searching for apps, you can narrow your search to registered apps only by clicking the Registered Apps Only button under the Apps filter.

    Tip:

    Active filters are shown at the top of the results page. Click the x next to a filter to clear it. To clear all active filters at once, click Clear filters.

  • Sort search results using the available sort options (and reverse the sort order as needed).
  • Try an advanced keyword search to further refine your results.

Work with content

When you discover items by browsing and searching the content page and tabs or using the website search at the top of the site, you can view and access information about the items and work with them in various ways. For example, you can see an item's thumbnail, read a short summary about the item, or open its item page to see more details, mark an item as a favorite, quickly see who owns the item and how many times it's been viewed, and open the item.

Do any of the following to work with items from the content page:

  • Click a thumbnail image to open the item in the most appropriate app. For example, when you click a map thumbnail, it opens in the specified primary map viewer; when you click a web app thumbnail, its website opens.
  • Click the More Options button More Options to select where the item opens. For example, you could choose to open a feature layer in Scene Viewer instead of Map Viewer.
  • To open the item page and see details about an item, click the item title or click the More Options button More Options and click View item details.
  • Click the owner name to learn about the author of the item. The profile includes links to the user's public items and groups. If an organization is verified, public items that are marked as authoritative display the organization name as the item owner instead. To determine the user who manages an authoritative public item, refer to the Owner section of its item page. To find other items owned by or managed by that user, search by their user name using the owner field in your search string (such as owner:esri).
  • If you have privileges to create content, click Add Item on the My Content tab to add items from your computer, the web, or an application.
  • If you have privileges to create content, click Create on the My Content tab to create maps, scenes, hosted web layers, apps, and so on.
  • If your organization has configured organization categories, you can categorize items you own or administer on the My Content tab by selecting one or more of your items and clicking Categorize. Members with privileges to update and categorize organizational content can also categorize any items owned by the organization on the My Organization tab.
  • To delete an item, select the item you want to delete, click Delete, and confirm that you want to delete the item.
  • To assign an item to a different owner, click the My Content tab, select the item, click Change Owner, select a new owner and folder, and click Change Owner. To do this, you must have privileges to reassign ownership of content.
  • To move an item you own to a different folder, click the My Content tab, select the item, click Move, browse to a folder or create one, and click Move.
  • To filter content by folder name on the My Content tab, type the name of the folder in the search box above your folders. Click the x to clear the filter.
  • To share an item, select the item and click Share. Your privileges determine whether you are allowed to share the item and with whom you are allowed to share it.
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To select an item in table view, check the box next to the item. To select an item in list view or grid view, check the box in the upper left corner of the thumbnail.