Navigate the map

When navigating the map, you can use these tools to automatically save the state of the map, view different countries, access features with the tool palette, and zoom in and out for better viewing.


The Autosave toggle can be used to automatically save the state of the map across sessions. When the toggle is turned on, and sites and layers are open on the map, they are saved when you sign out. The next time you sign in, those sites and layers are reloaded, and the map opened to the same extent as before.

Autosave map content


  • Only the content on the map from your current project is saved, including Boundaries and Labels and any unsaved business search results points layer.
  • Historical traffic layers are saved only if the Historical Traffic Data dialog is open.
  • Annotations and Measures are not saved.

Change the country or area

You can search for countries or areas and select the one you want to view on the map. Once selected, it appears on the map for this session. The drop-down menu is located on the upper right of the application and is available on any screen.

drop-down menu

The default is USA. Use the Select drop-down menu under Options in Preferences to change the default.

You can select advanced data sources from local providers that offer additional variables and lower levels of geography for Germany, France, Spain, India, Australia and South Korea. To access the data source, click on the settings icon. Click for data source options The data source default can be set in Preferences.


Because the levels of geography are different across different data sources, standard geography sites created in one data source will only be available in the data source it was created in.

You can search for countries or areas with the following:

  • Search
  • Alphabetical search
    Alphabetical search for
  • Show All
    Show all
  • Continent search
    Continent search

Tool palette

The Tool palette contains tools available for all workflows.

Tool palette in the Maps view
The first six buttons in the tool palette are map tools: Pin, Pan and zoom, Select, Zoom in, Zoom out, Measure distance and area, Add annotation. Only one map tool can be enabled at any time. The enabled map tool is highlighted in gray. For example, in the above screenshot, the Pan and zoom tool is enabled.


Defines a point on the map and is used to create a site for analysis. You can add rings, drive time or walk time and move or delete the point. Use More options to select drive time types, traveling toward or away from a facility and traffic options.


The overall geocoding quality is a function of the degree of street-level address coverage in a country, knowledge of a country's address styles, and geocoding performance for addresses in that country. For more information, see Geocode coverage.

Pan and zoom

Allows you to pan the map, and to click on features on the map to select them and run reports. When the pan button is enabled, click and hold the left mouse button and drag to pan the map. You can also:

  • Click on a feature on the map to select it. This will also deselect any other features already selected.
  • Shift + click or Ctrl + click on a feature to select it in addition to any already selected features.


Allows you to use select features on the map with click and click + drag operations. When the select tool is enabled, you can:

  • Click on a feature on the map to select it.
  • Click and drag to draw a bounding rectangle to select all features under the rectangle.
  • Shift + click or Shift + click + drag to select features in addition to currently selected features.
  • Ctrl + click, and Ctrl + click + drag to toggle selection.
  • Ctrl + Shift + click or Ctrl + Shift + drag removes items under the selection area from the previous selection.
Select allows you to view detailed information of map features, select and combine features on the map and create a report.

Zoom in

Creates a closer view of an area on the map. Quickly zoom in by clicking and drawing a box around the area.

Zoom out

Creates a zoomed-out view of an area on the map. Quickly zoom out by clicking and drawing a box around the area.

Measure distance and area

Allows you to measure the distance between points of interest on the map. Use the grids to measure with accuracy.

Add annotation

Allows you to create text, shapes, drawings, and images on the map.

  • Text—Place text on the map and select the font, size and color. Use bold, italic and underline. Use the check box to preview the text before adding it to the map. Click Add text to add text to the map.
  • Shape—Click or drag the shape on the map to add it. Choose the fill and border.
  • Draw—Use the polygon or freehand tool for your drawing. Choose the fill and border.
  • Image—Use Browse to locate the image to import. You can use PNG, JPG and GIF files. The recommended image file size is 20 KB.

Clear map

Allows you to clear items on the map. Use the dialog box to select items you want to clear. The items cleared from the map will still be accessible in your project.

Share map to ArcGIS

Allows you to share sites, layers, and maps in ArcGIS Online. Enter the title and check the checkbox to include organizations or groups to share. By default, it will be stored in ArcGIS Online. Learn more.

Create PDF or image

Allows you to take a screen capture of a map and save it as a PDF or save the current view as an image file. PDFs are saved under Previously Run Reports in the current project. Learn more.

Map legend

Provides information about the content (sites and layers) currently on the map. You can interact with the legend in two ways: the Legend tab and the Map contents tab.

  • On the Legend tab, you can view the symbology and related information for the sites and layers—for example, below is a legend representing a map with a variety of content on it – point sites, a web map with hurricane evacuation zone layers, and a color coded map. You can use the Expand/collapse control to expand/collapse any part of the legend. Click the options button Options for any item on the Legend tab to see more options. Click Edit labels to edit the label, and Refresh to restore the default label. Clicking Remove will remove this item from the legend, but not from the map.
    Legend tab
    Click the options button Options in the top right for legend options. Refresh from contents will restore the default labels for all items on the legend and add back any items that were removed but are still on the map. Present legend will hide the controls (for example, the Expand/collapse controls ), which is useful when showing the screen during a presentation—the controls can be restored.
    Legend options
  • The Map contents tab allows you to customize how the sites and layers are displayed on the map—for example, by modifying transparency levels and rearranging the order. Point-based sites and polygon sites are separately grouped together as Sites Points and Sites Areas respectively; other layers are individually listed. Click the ellipsis button See more options to see more options for a layer or group. You can move it up or down, adjust the transparency, or remove a layer (but not a site) from the map.
    Map contents tab
Rearranging the order is useful when you need to interact with a site or layer that appears under another. For example, in the following scenario the site Polygon 2 is above the color coded map. You can click on any of the color-coded census tracts to view more information and options for it, except for those tracts that fall under the polygon site. To change this, click Move up to move this layer to above Sites Areas, the group that contains polygon sites. You can also drag and drop the layer to the desired position in the list.
More options

Add historical traffic layer

Allows you to view traffic count data on the map. The Historical Traffic Data dialog box opens and by default all the available traffic counts for the current map extent are displayed.

Historical Traffic Data
You may view the Legend, or use the Style tab to change the theme, color and size of the traffic count display, and apply styles using Smart mapping options. On the Filters tab, you can further refine the traffic counts by number, street name, road type and traffic count type:
  • Annual Daily Traffic: Represents counts taken Sunday through Saturday. Seasonally adjusted to represent the average day of the year.
  • Daily Traffic: Represents counts taken Sunday through Saturday. Adjusted for day of the week but not seasonally.
  • Annual Weekday Traffic: Represents counts taken Monday through Friday. Seasonally adjusted to represent the average weekday of the year.
  • Weekday Daily Traffic: Represents counts taken Monday through Friday. Adjusted for weekday but not seasonally.

Add boundaries and labels on the map

Allows you to toggle on and off the display of administrative boundaries and labels on the map. These will vary depending on the country selected. To modify boundaries' settings click the preferences icon Preferences icon to launch the Preferences window. Click Maps > Boundaries.

Zoom tool

The Zoom tool allows you to zoom in and out of a map area. Click the plus sign to zoom in and the minus sign to zoom out.

Zoom tool

When hovering the pointer over the Zoom tool, pop-ups appear indicating the level of zoom. You can choose from Block Groups, Census Tracts, ZIP Codes, Counties, Congressional Districts, and States. You can click any of these to zoom to the respective map level.

Click the Basemaps icon Basemap button to view a list of available basemaps. Click on any basemap to apply it to the map.

Click the Home icon Home button to view the default extent of the map. This can be the zoom to location you've set in Preferences or the default extent if you have changed the country or area setting in Preferences.

Click the Find my location icon Crosshair button to zoom to your current location on the map.