Insightful tips

Using filters

There are several ways to filter your data in Insights, including both attribute and spatial filters. Attribute filters can be found in the data pane and on each map or chart card.

Spatial Filter can be used to filter your data using a spatial relationship with another dataset. Spatial Filter can be accessed using the Action button Action or by dragging a dataset onto a map and dropping it in the Filter by selected feature drop zone. You can also filter by a subset of your data by selecting one or more features and dragging the selection to the Filter by selected feature drop zone or using a cross filter.

Spatial filter

Using result datasets

Result datasets are created when analysis is performed in Insights. Results are temporary datasets signified in the data pane using the Results symbol Results.

You can use result datasets in many of the same ways that you use your original data. Result datasets can be used to create maps, charts, and summary tables as well as being used for spatial and nonspatial analysis.

Use result datasets


In Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise, boundaries are datasets provided by Esri and configured by your portal administrator. Boundaries such as world countries, ZIP Codes, and block groups are included.

In Insights in ArcGIS Online, boundaries are specific layers from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World that include standard geographical districts, such as countries, ZIP Codes, and block groups.

Boundaries are especially useful to use as layers with Spatial Aggregation and Spatial Filter or for geocoding using Enable Location. You can access these layers using the Boundaries tab in the Add To Page window.

Enabling multiple locations on a dataset

Enable Location can be used to geocode datasets using coordinates, addresses, or boundaries. Enabling locations is important in files that do not have a pre-existing location field, but can also be done on datasets that already have a location. For example, a dataset with store locations may also include a field with ZIP Codes. Enable Location can be used to add a Geography location field by matching the ZIP Code field to the ZIP Code boundary layer. The dataset will then have two separate location fields: one will create a map of points, and one will create a map of areas.

Multiple geographies in the same dataset

Do side-by-side map comparisons

Map cards with several layers can be difficult to work with. Instead, you can create additional maps for side-by-side comparison. This is a departure from traditional GIS that has a single map that holds all of your content.

If you want all of the maps on your page to display the same spatial extent when you zoom and pan, use the Sync extents button Sync extents. It's helpful to have all the maps on your page update to reflect the location and zoom level for your area of interest.

Undo and redo actions

You can improvise your analytics while secure in the knowledge that any action you take in ArcGIS Insights does not change the underlying data and can be undone or redone with the Undo Undo and Redo Redo buttons at the top of your page.


If your last action was performed on a previous page and you undo it, the action is undone while your point of focus remains on the current page.

View statistics

Summary statistics are another way to see patterns emerge about the people or objects you measure. For example, if you are viewing pine tree sample data in a map or chart, you may want to see a summary of the numeric values from that field on your map or chart to get a quick view of average height or median age of the trees. The steps vary slightly depending on whether you want to view statistics on a map or chart.

View statistics on a map

A list of statistics is provided on the back of the map card.

  1. Click the map to select it.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click the Info button Info to flip the card over and see summary statistics on the back.
    • Click a symbol on the map to view summary information in a pop-up window about a specific feature.

View chart statistics

  1. Click the chart that you want to see summary statistics for.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click the Chart statistics button Chart statistics. From Chart Statistics, check the statistics you want to see on your chart.

      The chart updates to show the statistics you selected.

    • Click the Info button Info to flip the card over and see summary statistics on the back.

Add more data

At any point in your workflow, you can add more datasets to your page with the Add data button above the data pane.

To use data from one page to another, click the dataset from the data pane, and drag the dataset onto the tab of the page you want to use it on. If you haven't created an additional page, you can drag your selected dataset onto the plus-sign (+), and a new page is created and populated with the selected dataset.

Reduce data pane clutter

If you find datasets on your page to be unhelpful to your analysis, remove them from the data pane using the following steps:

  1. Click the Dataset options button Dataset options next to the dataset you want to remove.
  2. Click Remove Dataset.

    If there are cards on your page that contain data from the dataset you are about to remove, the following message appears: Are you sure? You are about to remove <dataset-name> from the page. <#> card(s) will be affected. If you choose Yes, Remove, the dataset and all cards containing data from the dataset are removed.

If your maps or charts are too cluttered with information, target your analysis with filtering. Filtering, along with aggregation, are great ways to step back from your data and see a bigger picture.

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Rename fields or datasets

Sometimes field names or dataset names don't seem to make sense. For example, a field named m_sl contains median sales data. Others who have access to your workbook or presentation may not understand the field name and how it relates to the maps and charts in which it's included.

You can rename the field or dataset with a new alias from the data pane. Renaming a field or dataset does not change the name in the underlying data, only how that field name appears in ArcGIS Insights.

Using the Find Answers tab

The Find Answers tab is a great resource if you are trying to answer a question but do not know which capabilities to use. Similar capabilities are grouped based on which type of question they can answer, making it easy to find the right capability for your analysis. The Find Answers tab includes both spatial and non-spatial analysis capabilities and can be found using the Action button.

The Find answers tab