Set the mapboard size and scale

You can manually set your map's dimensions or scale using the mapboard options. Learn how to define each separately or together for the mapboards you create.

Tip:

If you have multiple mapboards, you can select and zoom to a specific mapboard by using the navigation menu in the toolbar at the top of the Mapboards window.

Mapboards navigation menu

Set the dimensions

For the mapboard to use specific dimensions (such as 2.5 by 5 inches), complete the following steps:

  1. In the Mapboards window, select the mapboard and click the Modify map and output properties button Modify map and output properties.
  2. In the Mapboard Options window, on the General tab, choose to set the artboard size, and type 2.5 in for width and 5.0 in for height.

    The scale is calculated automatically.

  3. Click OK.

    The shape of the extent adjusts to reflect the dimensions you entered.

  4. Drag the mapboard name tab to reposition the map, if necessary.

Set the map scale

For the mapboard to use a specific map scale (such as 1:24,000), complete the following steps:

  1. In the Mapboards window, select the mapboard and click the Modify map and output properties button Modify map and output properties.
  2. In the Mapboard Options window, on the General tab, choose to set the level of detail and type 24000 for the map scale.

    The width and height dimensions are calculated automatically.

  3. Click OK.

    The map zooms to the scale you set.

  4. Drag the mapboard name tab to reposition the map, if necessary.

Set the map scale and dimensions

For the mapboard to use a specific map scale and dimensions (such as 1:24,000 and 2.5 by 2.5 inches), complete the following steps:

  1. In the Mapboards window, select the mapboard and click the Modify map and output properties button Modify map and output properties.
  2. In the Mapboard Options window, on the General tab, choose to set the level of detail and type 24000 for the map scale.
  3. Click OK.

    The map zooms to the scale you set.

  4. In the toolbar at the top of the Mapboards window, type 2.5 in for width and height to adjust the dimensions.

    Width and height settings on the Mapboards window toolbar

    The map zooms again and the extent adjusts automatically.

  5. Drag the mapboard name tab to reposition the map, if necessary.