Explore the map

Using the Toolbar

The toolbar allows you to interact with the map by clicking on the map with a tool. For example, if you click in the toolbar on the Zoom In tool, then click on the map, the map will zoom in around where you click.

You can also interact with the map using the keyboard. Also see Using the mouse for tips on using the mouse to interact with the map.

To use a tool

Note: Some tools do an action immediately. These include the Full-extent, Back-extent, Next-extent, and Magnifier tools.


Tools in your website depend on the purpose and use of the application. Some or all of these may be available:

Name Icon Description
Zoom in Zoom in tool Click and drag a rectangle: Click and hold the left mouse button down on the map at one corner of the rectangle to zoom in to. Drag the mouse to the other corner of the rectangle, and release the mouse button. The map will zoom in to the area of the rectangle.
Zoom out Zoom out tool Click and drag a rectangle: the map will zoom out so that the current map area will fit into the rectangle drawn. The smaller the rectangle you draw, the more the map will zoom out.
Pan (recenter) Pan tool Click and drag the map: Click and hold the left mouse button on the map, and drag the map. The map will be recentered, with the location dragged at the location you dropped it.
Full extent Full map extent Full extent: Immediately zooms the map out to the area of all features and layers. The active tool does not change.
Previous extent Zoom to previous extent Previous extent: The map returns to the area displayed previously. Similar to the browser's Back button, but specifically for the map. Up to fifty previous extents are stored when the map is zoomed or panned. If the button is disabled, you are at the original extent in the extent history.
Forward extent Zoom to next extent Forward extent: The map displays the next extent in the list of stored map extents. This is only available after the Previous Extent button has been clicked. Up to fifty extents are stored in the extent history. If the button is disabled, you are at the latest extent in the extent history.
Go to location Go to location Click to open the Go To Location dialog: This dialog allows you to enter an X, Y coordinate of a location and pan or zoom to that location. The coordinates you enter must match the coordinate system used by the map you're viewing. Talk with your server administrator or the map author if you're unsure of the coordinate system used by the map.
Identify Identify tool Click to identify: Click with the left mouse button on the map. A small icon is added to the map identify icon and a callout box displays the name of a feature at the location. See Identify features on the map for how to use the identification information.
Measure Measure tool Measure distance or area: See Measuring for usage.
Magnifier Magnifier tool Magnify a section of the map: See Magnifier for usage.
Overview map Toggle overview map Toggle overview map on/off: Turns the overview map on or off. The overview map displays the main map's extent as a red rectangle within a map that covers a larger extent. For more details, see the Overview Map page.