Enable time animation


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You can use time animation to configure the way time-aware data appears on a map. See Time-aware data to learn about temporal content.

To add a time animation, the data used to create the map layer must include date and time information. For more information, see Data preparation.

To enable time animation on a map layer, complete the following steps:

  1. Create an ArcGIS for Power BI enabled report or open an existing report.
  2. Add a date or time (numeric) value from the Data tab to the Visualization > Build visual > Time field well.

    A time slider appears at the bottom of the map with the default options.

    Time slider in ArcGIS for Power BI with default options shown

  3. To remove the time animation from the map, remove the date or time value from the Time field well.

Time slider

The time slider appears as an animation control overlaid on the map. You can define the time intervals. Time slider settings apply to all time-animated layers in a map.

When you click  Play, the animation shows locations on the map in the current time interval. By default, the time slider divides time data into 10 intervals. When the animation plays, each interval is shown on the map for two seconds.

The time slider controls described below allow you to interact with time animation:

  1. Play—Click the  Play button Play  to begin the animation. When the animation is playing, this changes to the  Pause button Pause.
  2. Previous—Click the Previous button Previous to move the animation to the previous time interval. This control is active only while the animation is playing.
  3. Next—Click  the Next button Next to move the animation to the next time interval. This control is active only while the animation is playing.
  4. Drag the interval along the slider to manually control the data that appears on the map. You can also move the interval handles individually to display a specific time range or adjust the interval.

    When you select features on a time-aware layer and run the time animation, only the features visible during the specified time period are visible during the animation.

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