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ArcGIS Maps for Power BI user interface

ArcGIS Maps for Power BI provides two environments for viewing and working with the visualization: Reading view and Author mode. Map tools for designers appear on the map when you're editing the visualization. Designers can also customize several features, such as turning off navigation buttons, anchoring the Layers list, and locking the map extent, among others. These options affect how consumers will see and interact with the map.

If you signed in using your ArcGIS organizational account, you have access to many more features than those available by default, including more basemaps, reference layers, and demographics. This premium content is not visible to unsubscribed users unless they also sign in to ArcGIS. For more information, see Account types.

Reader view

When you're viewing a report or dashboard enabled for ArcGIS Maps for Power BI in Reading view, you'll see the map as it was created by the designer. Depending on how the author has created the map, you may not have access to some of the features described. The sections below describe the visualization's default settings; customizations are indicated where applicable.

The tools available in Reading view are identified below.

ArcGIS map shown in Reader view.

  1. Map tools—Expand the tool set.
  2. Selection tools—The currently active tool is visible by default. Click to expand the toolbar. Different selection tools appear, depending on the active layer. Click to view available selection tools.
  3. Search—Search for an address or point of interest and pin its location on the map. If the Search tool does not appear, the report designer has turned off this feature on the map.
  4. Analysis tools—In Reader view, this tool appears only if the report designer has included data to perform a Find Similar analysis.
  5. Settings—View map attribution details and access the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI online help.
  6. Profile—View details about the account you're connected to.
  7. Navigation tools—Zoom in and out of the map. The navigation tools are available only if the designer has enabled them. If they don't appear in the map tools, use the mouse or keyboard commands to navigate the map.
  8. Layers list—Shows the contents of the map. Each map layer appears in the list as a separate item, with its own set of tools. Expand each layer item to view its legend. When creating the map, the designer can anchor the Layers list as shown so that it always appears on the map. If the Layers list is not anchored, click the Layers button Layers list in the map tools.

  9. Tooltips—Hover over locations on the map to view information about that location.
  10. Infographics cards—Cards that display demographic information about the currently visible area of the map, or the areas surrounding currently selected points on the map. Infographics cards appear only if the report designer has configured them.

Author mode

When you work with a report in Author mode, you have access to all the Power BI visualizations, including ArcGIS Maps for Power BI. You have access to several tools to help you create a map; these are available in the visualization's map tools and in the Power BI Fields pane and Format pane.

Map tools

The ArcGIS Maps for Power BI map tools available to report designers are identified below.

ArcGIS map shown in Author mode

  1. Map tools—Expand the tool set.
  2. Selection tools—The currently active tool is visible by default. Click to expand the toolbar. Different selection tools appear, depending on the active layer. Click to view available selection tools.
  3. Search—Search for an address or point of interest and pin its location on the map. Report designers can turn off this feature in the visualization's Format pane.
  4. Layers list—Show or hide the contents of the map.
  5. Basemap—Display a gallery of background maps from which you can choose.
  6. Analysis tools—Add infographics cards or reference layers to the map, specify a drive-time area, or configure a Find Similar analysis.
  7. Settings—Change Esri User Experience Improvement program settings, view map attribution details, and access the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI online help.
  8. Profile—View details about the account you're connected to.
  9. Layers—By default, the Layers list appears over the map. Each map layer appears in the list as a separate item, with its own set of tools. For details, see Work with layers.
  10. Tooltips—Hover over locations on the map to view information about that location. For more information, see Configure and view tooltips.

Fields pane

Controls in the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization's Fields pane allow you to specify the location data used to create the map, as well as customize how the map is rendered. Available controls in the Fields pane are identified below.

Controls available in the Fields pane

  • Location field well—Drag a location-based value from your data fields into this field well to display the locations on the map.
  • Latitude field well—Drag a latitude (y) value from your data fields into this field well to define part of a map coordinate. If you use this field well, you must also specify the corresponding longitude (x) field.
  • Longitude field well—Drag a longitude (x) value from your data fields into this field well to define part of a map coordinate. If you use this field well, you must also specify the corresponding latitude (y) field.
  • Size field well—Drag a numerical value into this field well to format your locations by size.
  • Color field well—Drag a data value into this field well to format your locations by color.
  • Time field well—Drag a date or time field into this field well to animate locations on the map according to time.
  • Tooltips field well—Drag one or more fields here to add information to the tooltips for locations on the map.
  • Find similar—Drag up to five fields here to locate locations with attributes comparable to those of locations selected on the map.

Format pane

Controls in theArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization's Format pane allow you to customize how the map appears to report consumers. Available controls in the Format pane are identified below. Expand each category in the Format pane to see available options.

Layers category

Options in the Layers category allow you to customize the Layers list.

Controls available in the Layers category of the Format pane

  • Title—Change the title of the Layers list.
  • Show layers—Specify the visibility of the Layers list. If you turn this off, the Layers list does not appear on the map and the Layers button does not appear in the map tools. Show layers is on by default.
  • Anchor—Turn this on to pin the Layers list in position on the map. When this option is on, the Layers button Layers list does not appear in the map tools.
  • Layers position—Specify where the Layers list appears the map. By default, the list appears on the left of the map.
  • Revert to default—Discard changes and return to default settings.

Map tools category

Options in the Map tools category let you to customize map navigation and the position of infographics cards on the map.

Controls available in the Map tools category of the Format pane

  • Zoom tools—Display navigation buttons on the map. This setting is off by default.
  • Lock extent—Disable automatic map zoom. When the map extent is locked, events that cause a selection change on the map or filters applied to the data will not change the map display. Consumers cannot zoom or pan the map.
  • Infographics position—Specify where infographics cards appear on the map. By default, infographics cards appear on the right of the map.
  • Revert to default—Discard changes and return to default settings.

Location type category

Controls in the Location type category let you specify the country in which your data is located.

Controls available in the Location type category of the Format pane

  • Country—Choose a country from the drop-down menu. If your data is located in multiple countries, choose World.
  • Revert to default—Discard changes and return to default settings.

Search category

Controls in the Search category lets you customize the Search feature.

Controls available in the Search category of the Format pane

  • Search—Display the Search button Search in the map tools. This option is on by default.
  • Revert to default—Discard changes and return to default settings.

Layer tools

Map layers appear in the Layers list. Different menu options are available, depending on the type of layer currently active. Report designers can change the style and location type of map layers created using Power BI data. You can delete reference layers added from ArcGIS, drive-time layers, and Search results layers. In all cases, you can rename a layer and zoom to its full extent.

The image on the left shows layer options available for layers created using Power BI data. The image on the right shows layer options for a reference layer added from ArcGIS.

Layer options for a data layer (left) and a reference layer (right)

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  1. Reader view
  2. Author mode