Select features


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Selection tools help with feature or data analysis on the map. Use the selection tools to identify, locate, and visually analyze a set of features or data on the map.

See Selection tools to learn about the available tools you can use to select features.

To select features on a map using the selection tools, complete the following steps:

  1. From the map tools, click the Selection tool button Selection tool.

    The Selection tool pane appears.

  2. Choose a layer from the Active layer  drop-down menu.
  3. Select features using one of the selection tools.

    When selecting point features using a multiple feature selection tool, only features that are completely encompassed by the selection shape are included.


    Click Select and pan Select and pan to pan the map. The Selection tool option on the map tools and the Selection tool pane show how many features have been selected. To resume selecting, click another selection tool.

    As you use the selection tools, selected features are highlighted on the map. Unselected features on the map are not available.


    If you styled the map using a heat map or  clustering, the selection tools and pop-ups are not available. Change the map style and try again.


    When the  time slider on a time-enabled map  is playing the animation, you cannot select features on the map. While the animation is paused, you can select visible features. Click the Play / Pause, Previous, or Next button, or move the slider handles to view and select features from a different time interval. Previously selected features are cleared when the new time interval appears.

  4. To deselect multiple features, press the Ctrl key and use a multiple feature selection tool to draw a shape around the selected features you want to deselect.

    The features inside the shape are deselected.

  5. To clear the entire selection, click the  Clear selection tool  Clear selection or click an empty area of the basemap or a polygon that does not contain features or data.

Select features for analysis

When you select features for some analysis functions, a collapsed Selection tools prompt appears at the upper right of the Analysis pane.

Optionally, do any of the following:

  • Click the selection tool drop-down menu in the prompt to select a different tool.
  • Click the Expand button Expand to open the Selection tool pane next to the Analysis pane.
  • Close the Analysis pane to maximize the visible map extent for the selection tools.
  • Select a different tool and click locations on the map to update the available analysis and styling options.