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Change the basemap

A basemap provides a background, or visual context, for the data in a map. For example, a basemap showing streets can provide context for address data. ArcGIS includes several types of basemaps for use in ArcGIS for Excel, including aerial imagery, terrain, streets, and topographic data.

When you first insert a map into a Microsoft Excel worksheet, the map displays the default basemap for your organization. The default basemap is determined by your ArcGIS administrator. You can change the basemap to one of the other provided basemaps, but a basemap is required for all maps and cannot be removed. Unlike other layers, you cannot update a basemap's style.

To change the basemap, do the following:

  1. Click a map to select it.
  2. On the map toolbar, click the Basemap button Basemap.

    The basemap carousel appears, showing thumbnails of available basemaps. Click the forward and back arrows or the dots below the carousel to browse through the carousel.

  3. Click a basemap to select it.

    The map automatically displays the new basemap.