Moving around your map
In these exercises we'll learn how to move around your map, using tools available from the Navigation Toolbar, displayed at the top of the screen
Download sample data
For these exercises we are going to download a sample dataset: 'Sample Farm IA'For this purpose, you can follow the steps detailed in Download sample data, but selecting 'Sample Farm IA' as the initial dataset, which can be found under the 'Tutorials_en' folder:
Exercise 01 - Moving around your map
We'll review different options to move around your map
Double clicking on a layer
By double clicking on a layer, you will: turn the layer on, make it active, and zoom to the layer extent
- In the sample project, double click on layer 'State' - it will zoom to the extent of the State of Iowa
- Now click on layer 'Counties' - It will zoom to the extent of Counties (which of course is the same as the State), and also turn the Counties layer on.
- Now click on layer 'Fields_NRCS' - It will zoom to the Fields digitized in our sample project.
Zooming and Pan
There are different options to zoom around your map in the Navigation Toolbar:
Use the Rectangle Zoom Tool to zoom in or out using a zoom window, draw a rectangle around the Field 'a' to get closer view of that layer.
Go to the Navigation Panel and click on the Show Full Map tool . Next, the maximum extent for the visible layers will be shown on the work window.
Pan Tool - By pressing and holding the left mouse button, you will be able to navigate the map.
You can also search for coordinates by clicking on the GPS coordinate locator, using a GPS coordinate taken from the field, or Google Earth for instance.
After you enter the coordinates, the screen will zoom in to the entered coordinates.
For this example, try entering the following coordinates:
Lat: N 42 15' 38.23"
Lon: W 93 23' 32.8"
Using the Scale
Using the Mini Map
You can also use the Mini Map at the lower left corner of your screen. In the Mini Map area, just by clicking once you can move to that area, or dragging a rectangle, you can zoom to that area.