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Format the map visualization

ArcGIS Maps for Power BI provides several formatting options that allow you to customize how consumers view your map. In addition, the standard Power BI formatting options are also available.

Customize the visualization format

ArcGIS Maps for Power BI allows you to customize several options for the visualization.

To customize the map visualization, do the following:

  1. Click the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization to select it.
  2. In the Visualizations pane, click the Format tab to display the formatting options.
    Format options

Specify ArcGIS Maps for Power BI format options

Set Layers list options

The Layers list displays the layers that make up the map.

To set Layers list options, do the following:

  1. In the Format pane, expand the Layers category.
  2. To change the name of the Layers list, type a new name in the Title field.
  3. To turn off the Layers list, slide the toggle button to the Off position (left).

    When you turn off the Layers list, the Layers button Layers list no longer appears in the map tools.

  4. To pin the Layers list in place over the map, slide the Anchor toggle button to the On position (right).

    When the anchor is enabled, the Layers list appears in a fixed position over the map. Click the arrow at the bottom of the pane to expand or collapse the list.

  5. From the Layers position drop-down menu, choose Right to display the list to the right of the map, or choose Left to display the list to the left of the map.
  6. Click Revert to default to restore the default values

Set Map tools options

The Map tools formatting options allow you to enable the Zoom in and Zoom out buttons on the map, lock the extent of the map, and specify the position of infographics cards.

To set Map tools options, do the following:

  1. In the Format pane, expand the Map tools category.
  2. To display the Zoom in and Zoom out tools, slide the Zoom tools toggle button to the On position (right).

    The zoom tools are off by default; consumers can use mouse or keyboard commands to navigate the map.

  3. To lock the map so viewers will see the map exactly as you intended, slide the Lock extent toggle button to the On position (right).

    For detailed information, see Lock the map extent.

  4. To specify the position of infographics cards over the map, choose Right or Left from the Infographics position drop-down menu.
  5. Click Revert to default to restore the default values.

Set Location type options

Specifying the country in which your data is located helps to improve the accuracy of locations on your map. This setting applies only to layers created using Power BI data.

To set Location type options, do the following:

  1. In the Format pane, expand the Location type category.
  2. From the Country drop-down menu, choose the country in which your data is located. If your data is located in multiple countries, choose World.
  3. Click Revert to default to restore the default values.
    Note:

    If you change the format pane defaults before you add location data to the visual—changing the Location type country to a single country, for example, instead of the default World—changes may not immediately persist in the pane. Changes will be updated when you drag a location or latitude-longitude values to the appropriate field wells.

Set Search

The Search feature allows consumers to search for an address or place and pin its location on the map. Pinned locations apply to a single session and are not saved with the report. The Search feature is on by default.

To set Search options, do the following:

  1. In the Format pane, expand the Search category.
  2. To disable the Search feature, slide the toggle button to the Off position (left).

    Search is on by default. If you disable this feature, consumers will not see the Search button Search in the map toolbar.

  3. To specify the color applied to the pin indicating the search result on the map, click the Color drop-down menu and choose a new color.
  4. Click Revert to default to restore the default values.

Specify Power BI format options

Specify standard Power BI format and styling options for one or all of the following:

  • Title—Set title text, size, color, and alignment options.
  • Background—Set a background color and transparency value.
  • Lock aspect—Lock the map's aspect ratio so that it remains the same when the map is resized.
  • General—Set the visualization's width and height and its position on the report.
  • Border—Specify a color and the corner radius for the visualization's border.
  • Shadow—Specify the color and position of a visualization's drop shadow.
  • Visual header—Specify various options for the visualization's header.

For detailed information about the standard Power BI format options, see the Power BI documentation.

Resize and move the map

To resize the map visualization, drag the map's corner or side handles.

To move the map, click the title toolbar and drag the map to another area of the report.

Pin the map to a dashboard

To pin the map to a dashboard, do the following:

  1. Hover over the map visualization that you want to pin to display the title toolbar.
  2. Click the Pin button Pin.
  3. Choose where you want to pin the map:
    • Existing dashboard—Choose the name of the existing dashboard from the drop-down menu.
    • New dashboard—Type the name of the new dashboard.
  4. Click Pin.

    A message appears, stating that the map visualization was successfully pinned to the dashboard.

    When you view the dashboard, the map appears as a static image. You can hover over data locations to view tooltips, but you cannot pan or zoom the map or select locations. Click the map to open it in Report mode.

Pin a live map to a dashboard

When you pin a live page to a dashboard, the selected page of your report is added as a fully interactive card to a new or existing dashboard. The live page is automatically updated when the report is modified.

To pin a live map to a dashboard, do the following:

  1. Open an ArcGIS Maps for Power BI map-enabled report.
  2. On the Power BI menu, click Pin Live Page Pin.
  3. Choose where you want to pin the map:
    • Existing dashboard—Choose the name of the existing dashboard from the drop-down menu.
    • New dashboard—Type the name of the new dashboard.
  4. Click Pin.

    A message appears, stating that the Live Report page was successfully pinned to the dashboard.

    When you view the dashboard, the report page appears as a card on the dashboard. You can zoom and pan the map, view tooltips for data locations and reference locations, and select items on the map.

    Interactions between the map and other visualizations are fully supported. If the report is modified and saved, the dashboard is automatically updated.