ArcGIS Pro

One Minute Map Hacks: 21-25

Five one-minute hacks? Yeah, you can blow through these like a breeze. Easy. Potentially helpful. Maybe useful.

Or, the the continuity-prone among us, here they are from the beginning…

Hacks 1-5
Hacks 6-10
Hacks 11-15
Hacks 16-20

Here are hacks 21-25. Let’s do this.

Area of Interest layers help you wave your cartographic arms in the air and say, “Hey, look right here! Not over there, not over there, but right here.”

Say you’ve got two different layers, and you want to smash their attributes into each other, but, oh no, you don’t have a matching field so you can’t join by attribute! What in the world can you do?? The benevolent anthropomorphic GIS dismisses such trivialities with a gentle laugh. “Ha ha ha,” GIS says. “Allow me to simply combine attributes based on their geographic location. After all…it is my bread and butter.”

Thank you, GIS!

You know those basemap credits that you are stuck with in an ArcGIS Pro layout? And you can’t move them, or change their formatting or size, or anything? But you really want to? VoilĂ !

Do you have a layer with tons of features in it, but you only want to show some of them in your map? You don’t have to make a copy of your layer and delete unwanted features, you can just hide some of them, and keep your underlying data pristine. Pow, definition queries!

Do you have a deliriously beautiful image that you’d like to use as a symbol for a feature in ArcGIS Pro? No sweat! You aren’t stuck picking from the set of stock vector graphics, you can use a picture marker of your own making/finding. Here’s how!

Happy one-minute hacking! John

About the author

I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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