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Find nearby features

Using the Find Nearby tool, you can find locations that are near other locations on your map. For example, you may want to find distribution centers that are near a warehouse. The Find Nearby tool allows you to select features on the map and find features that are within a specified distance or drive time of the selection.

The Find Nearby tool is only available for layers created from Microsoft Excel data and for feature service layers added from ArcGIS.

  1. Choose the layer that you want to modify: hover over the right side of the desired layer card to display its tools and click the Layer options button Layer options.
    Layer options pane
  2. From the layer tools, click Find nearby Find nearby features.

    You can also access the Find Nearby tool from a pop-up window. See Configure pop-ups for more information.

    The Find Nearby wizard appears and the selection tools appear over the right side of the map.

    Find Nearby selection tools
  3. To make a selection, do any of the following using the selection tools:
    Pan
    • Click and drag to move the map view to a different location while making selections.
    • Click a feature using the Pan tool to open the feature's pop-up, if pop-ups are enabled.
    Select by rectangle
    • Drag a rectangle on the map to select features within the shape.
    • Press Ctrl and click to add a single feature to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and drag to add multiple features to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and click to remove a single feature from the current selection.
    • Click anywhere on the map to clear all selections.
    Select by freehand shape
    • Drag a freehand shape on the map to select features within the shape.
    • Press Ctrl and click to add a single feature to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and drag to add multiple features to the current selection.
    • Press Ctrl and click to remove a single feature from the current selection.
    • Click anywhere on the map to clear all selections.
    Clear selection
    • Clear all selections.
    • Press Esc to clear all selections.
  4. Continue to draw shapes or click individual features as needed.
    Caution:

    If you change the active layer after selecting features, change the layer's style to heat map, or enable clustering on the layer, the current selection will be cleared.

    Note:

    • For point features, only features that are completely within the selection area are included in the selection.
    • If the active layer is styled using clustering or as a heat map, the selection tools are not enabled. Turn off clustering or choose a different style for the layer to enable selection on the layer.
    • When working with a time-aware layer, remember that the selection tools only select features that are currently visible on the map. Features that appear earlier or later in the time animation must be added to your selection separately. Alternatively, set the time animation to cumulatively display all features, and run the animation until all the features are visible before you make your selection.

  5. Click Next to continue.

    At any time, you can click Back to return to a previous step in the workflow or click one of the dots below the Find nearby title to navigate through the workflow steps.

  6. From the Search area and distance drop-down menu, choose Ring to search a specified distance around the selected features, or choose Drive time to search within a specified drive time from the selected features.
  7. If you chose Ring in the previous step, specify a radius in miles or kilometers. If you chose Drive time, specify the drive time from the selection in minutes or hours.

    You can select a maximum of 500 point features or 100 polygons.

    Note:

    The Drive time option is only available when the specified selection layer is a point layer.

    For ring, you can specify a maximum of 300 miles or 482 kilometers. For drive time, you can specify a maximum of 5 hours (300 minutes).

  8. Click Next to continue.
  9. Choose a target layer from the drop-down menu.

    The search looks for features in the target layer that are near the selected features in the source layer.

  10. To save the search area, check the Save search area as layer check box.

    The search area for each Find Nearby action is generated as a new layer, using the name of the source layer with a prefix indicating the name of the related action, for example, layerName_find nearby buffer. You can use these layers as a reference for future select actions.

  11. Click Next to continue.

    The Summary page appears, listing the source layer, the defined search area, and the target layer. To return to previous wizard panes, click the dots at the top of the pane.

  12. Click Run analysis.

    The results of the search are selected on the map and the Find nearby pane shows the number of features found.

  13. Analyze the results of your search.
  14. Click Back to layer options Back to layer options to return to the layer options pane or click Close Close to close the pane and display the map.

Analyze results

After you run the Find Nearby analysis, the Selection pane appears, listing the number of features located. You can access more detailed information about those features in several ways.

Note:

You can view the Selection pane at any time by clicking the Show selection results button Selection results.

Work with the spreadsheet

View detailed information about the selected features by viewing the corresponding records in the Excel spreadsheet.

To work with the results in the spreadsheet, do one of the following:

  • Highlight selected rows—Selects all records in the spreadsheet that correspond to the features selected on the map. You can then use standard Excel functions such as export and copy.

    Select more features on the map and click Select Excel rows again to add additional rows to the selection in your spreadsheet.

  • Show only selected rows—Filters the spreadsheet to display only the rows that correspond with features selected on the map.
  • Show all rows—All rows appear in Excel, regardless of the features selected on the map.
  • Export selected rows—Exports information about the selected features to a separate file or to a new worksheet in the current workbook. For details, see Export data.
  • To stop the Selection pane from appearing after each selection, check the Don't show after selection check box. You can view the selection results pane at any time by clicking the Show selection results button Selection results.

Export data

You can export information about the selected features to a separate file or to a new worksheet in the current workbook.

  • Export selection to file—Exports information about the selected features on the layer to a separate file. Save the file as an Excel workbook (.xlsx) or as a comma-separated values (.csv) file. When exporting to an XLSX file, ArcGIS Maps for Office creates an Excel table in a new workbook that includes data for each feature selected on the map. If the selection contains point features, the table will include the coordinates for each feature, and you can specify the spatial reference system to use. Polyline and polygon geometries are not exported.
  • Export selection to worksheet—Exports information about selected features on the map to a new worksheet in the current workbook. Features in the new worksheet are formatted in an Excel table, which contains data for each feature selected on the map. If the selection contains point features, the file will include the coordinates for each feature, and you can specify the spatial reference system to use. Polyline and polygon geometries are not exported.

When you export a selection of point features to a file or to a new worksheet, you can choose to use the spatial reference defined by the map's current basemap (default), or specify a different spatial reference. You can also specify the chosen spatial reference as the default for all future point layer export functions; you can change this setting at any time by modifying the ArcGIS Maps configuration settings.

To export selected data, do the following:

  1. In the Selection pane, click Export selected rows.
  2. Optionally choose the spatial reference to use for the exported data.
    • Click Spatial reference to open the Advanced spatial reference pane.
      Note:

      If ArcGIS Maps for Office is configured to use a specific spatial reference by default, this pane will not appear. To change the default spatial reference, uncheck the Use specified spatial reference when exporting point data option in the ArcGIS Maps for Office backstage configuration.

    • Choose a spatial reference from the drop-down menu.
    • To set the selected spatial reference as the default for future export functions, check the Use this selection by default check box.

      You can change this setting by clearing the Use specified spatial reference when exporting point data option in the ArcGIS Maps for Office backstage configuration.

  3. Click OK.
  4. In the Export selection to section, choose one of the following export options:
    • File—A Save as window appears. In the File name text box, type a name for the new file. From the Save as type drop-down menu, choose Excel Workbook (default) or CSV (comma delimited) and click Save.
    • WorksheetArcGIS Maps for Office creates a worksheet in the current workbook that includes all the information about selected features.
  5. Click OK.

    The data from the selected points is exported to a new file or worksheet, along with coordinates using the specified spatial reference system. If the selection contains point features, the file or worksheet will include the coordinates for each selected feature. Polyline and polygon geometries are not exported. The data is formatted as an Excel table.


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