Author and Share a Web Map Presentation with ArcGIS Online

Creating web map presentations in ArcGIS Online is a great way to communicate information to others, whether your audience is internal staff, decision-makers, or the public. A web map presentation gives you the ability to tell a sequential story with information in a map. It’s composed by saving interactive map slides. Each slide can use different views of the map, including different basemaps, operational layers, map locations, visible pop-ups, and titles. You can even set your presentation to play automatically when opened.

Here are two examples of the types of presentations you will learn how to create in this post: Presentation in a Browser and Presentation Embedded in a Blog Post.

Create Your Presentation

You can make and share a presentation easily—using any map you own—by following these simple steps in ArcGIS Online:

Step 1: Open a web map and click Create Presentation. Note that Create Presentation will not appear until the map has been saved.

Step 2: Click Add to begin adding your slides.

Step 3: For each slide, set the following properties:

Remember to click Save to safeguard your work.

Step 4: Repeat the step above until finished.

When you finish setting the properties for the current slide, click Add to add a new slide, and repeat the process until your presentation is completed.

Step 5: Set the presentation options as desired.

Click the Options button to specify an auto advance interval (useful for kiosk display).

Or add a legend to each slide.

Step 6: Finalize your presentation.

You can reorder slides in the list via a drag-and-drop operation, and you can select a slide to delete, duplicate, or edit.

Step 7: Save your work when finished.

Modify an Existing Presentation

To modify an existing presentation, click Edit Presentation on the upper right-hand side of your web map.

A list of your current slides will be displayed. Follow step 6 above to make your changes. You can reorder slides via a drag-and-drop operation or select a slide to delete, duplicate, or edit. Click Save when edits have been completed.

When you want to return to editing your map, click Edit Map in the upper right-hand corner.

Use Your Presentation

Once you click Save, the presentation becomes a part of your map. To use your presentation, open the map and click Edit Presentation (described above). Then click Play, found at the top of your map.

To advance slides, hover near the bottom of the map, close to the middle, to view the slide controls.

Click the slide list icon in the middle of the slide control to display a list of slides for navigation.

Share Your Presentation

In map mode, you can share the presentation by clicking Share and then in the Link to this map section, choose Presentation. Copy and paste the link to share with others.

The web map will automatically open in presentation mode. This is the recommended method to share the presentation.

View an example.

Web map users can also view the presentation by clicking the About tab on the web map side panel and clicking Open presentation.

View an example.

Embed a Presentation

Presentations can be embedded in web pages and in apps, such as Esri Story Maps. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the map and click Share.

Step 2: Ensure that the map is shared with everyone by checking the Everyone (public) check box.


Step 4: Choose Presentation.

Step 5: Set the size of the presentation. The Allow responsive sizing option is recommended for most cases.

Step 6: Copy the HTML and embed it in your website or blog or anywhere embedded code is supported.

View an example.

For more information, see Create Presentations and Share Presentations.

About the author

Tech evangelist and product strategist at Esri, focusing on ways to broaden access to geographic information and helping users succeed with the ArcGIS Platform. On a good day he is making a map, on a great day he is on one.