ArcGIS for Office user interface

ArcGIS for Office includes several tools for creating, designing, and working with maps in Microsoft Office.

ArcGIS ribbon

The ArcGIS ribbon provides tools to get started using ArcGIS for Office.


  1. ArcGIS tab—Display the ArcGIS ribbon.
  2. Add Map—Create a map in the current worksheet.
  3. Go to Map—Find and display a map in the current workbook.
  4. Arrange Maps—Arrange all floating maps next to the Excel window.
  5. Link Map Views—Display the same extent in all maps.
  6. Help—View the ArcGIS for Office online help.
  7. Getting Started—Display the quick reference guide.

Map window

The map window displays the map and tools for working with it.

ArcGIS for Office map tools

  1. Anchor map/Float map toggle button—Click Anchor map to embed the map in a location on the worksheet. The icon changes to the Float map button. On an anchored map, click Float map to return the map to a floating state.
  2. Map title—Edit the map title.
  3. Minimize map—Hide a floating map. To retrieve the hidden map, click Go to map on the ArcGIS ribbon. For anchored maps, the minimize and maximize buttons are replaced with the Collapse map/Show map button.
  4. Maximize map—Display a floating map using the full extent of the display. When you maximize a map, the button changes to the Restore map button. For anchored maps, use the Collapse map/Show map button.
  5. Remove map—Delete the map from the worksheet.
  6. Map tools—Design and work with maps. The map tools are as follows:
  7. Zoom in and Zoom out buttons—Zoom in and out on the map.

Layer list

Each layer in a map is represented in the layer list. To display the layer list, click the Layers button Show layer cards in the map tools.

Layer list

  1. Active layer indicator—Identifies the layer you are working on.
  2. Expand layer contents—Expand or collapse the layer legend.
  3. Layer name—The name of the layer.
  4. Layer options—Open the layer options pane.
  5. Close—Close the layer list.
  6. More options—Duplicate, remove, or zoom to the full extent of the layer.
  7. Show layer—Show or hide the layer on the map.
  8. Add from Excel—Create a map using data in the current Excel workbook.
  9. Add from ArcGIS—Create a map using data from ArcGIS.

Layer options pane

The layer options pane provides a single point of entry for working with map layers. From this pane, you can modify a layer's properties, change styling options, configure map elements, and work with your data, among other features.


Depending on how a layer is added or created—as the result of an analysis, for example—some functionality is not available, and buttons related to the functionality are inactive.

Layer options pane

  1. Styling Styling—Change the layer's styling options.
  2. Select features Select featuresSelect features on the map for analysis.
  3. Clustering Clustering—Enable and configure clustering.
  4. Pop-upsPop-ups—Enable and configure pop-ups.
  5. Labels Labels—Enable and configure labels.
  6. Time Time slider—Configure and run an animation that shows how patterns in the layer's data change over time.
  7. Share layer or Update layer ShareShare the layer to your ArcGIS organization. If you've already shared the layer, this option changes to Update layer.
  8. Properties Properties—Set properties for the layer, including transparency, visible range, and refresh interval.
  9. Active layer drop-down menu—Choose a layer to work with.


  • Click the back button Back to return to the layer list.
  • Switch layers at any time using the Active layer drop-down menu in the layer options pane.