Add a data layer to a map


You need the following account and license types to use this workflow:

  • Microsoft license—You need a Microsoft 365 license with the Contributor role or higher to add data layers to a map.
  • ArcGIS account type—Standard users can perform the basic functions of this workflow; you do not need to sign in.

Use Microsoft SharePoint data to add a spatially enabled data layer to an ArcGIS for SharePoint map.

See Maps and Data layers to learn about adding data to a map, and see Prepare data to learn how to configure data before you add it to a map.

ArcGIS for SharePoint works directly with an organization's SharePoint data, allowing you to use spatially enabled content (data with spatial information such as coordinates or EsriJSON geometry) that already exists as a SharePoint list and add it to the ArcGIS for SharePoint web part. Your organization's SharePoint data then becomes a layer on the map. For example, if you have a map of household income census data and a SharePoint list showing store locations and revenue, you can add the SharePoint data to the map to visualize and analyze spending trends.

If the SharePoint list does not include spatial information (such as coordinates), see Geocode in SharePoint using Microsoft Power Automate or Geocode SharePoint lists and document libraries.

Learn more about supported location types

Add spatially enabled data to a map

To add spatially enabled data to a map, complete the following steps:

  1. Activate edit mode for the ArcGIS web part.

    Only layers that are added while the ArcGIS for SharePoint web part is in edit mode are saved with the map.

  2. From the map tools, click Layers Layers.

    The Layers pane appears.

  3. Click Add from SharePoint.

    The Add from SharePoint pane appears, displaying available lists in the current SharePoint site.

  4. Search for a list to add by typing one or more keywords in the Search text box.
  5. Click the Site picker button Site picker to change the current site, subsite, or hub site and browse its lists.
  6. Click the Filter button Filter and specify the filtering parameters for the results.
    • Turn on the Show geoenabled lists only toggle button to restrict the search results to lists that have been spatially enabled and can be added to the map.
    • Filter by list type or date modified. Click to expand a section and choose an option. Click Clear filters to remove the filters.
  7. Click the Sort button Sort to sort the results alphabetically.
  8. From the list of available data, click the button next to a list to expand its contents.

    Depending on how the list view is configured, the contents may list one or more subsets of the list, or only All items.

  9. Choose the data to add and click the Add button Add.

    To configure data and specify a list's location type, see Specify the location type.

    A layer containing the data is added to the map and the map view zooms to display the full extent of the layer. The layer is added to the Layers list.

  10. Click Back Back when you finish adding layers from SharePoint to return to the Layers list.