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One Minute Map Hacks: 26-30

Another five minutes of your allotted time on this earth? On YouTube? You know what, instead, close this browser and go for a charming October walk or enjoy a nice warm mug of tea. Oh, you already did that? Then welcome, friend! You are in the right headspace for this concentrated catechismic cartography collection.

If you are just made of time, then feel free to peruse these other 25 one-minute clips:

Hacks 1-5
Hacks 6-10
Hacks 11-15
Hacks 16-20
Hacks 21-25

Here are hacks 25-30. Will you join me?

The cartographic design controls in ArcGIS Pro are bonkers. One doodad that I appreciate is the ability to change a symbol element wholesale across the full range of thematic symbols instead of manually changing each range individually. Here’s how:

Hmmmm, wait a second, this one minute map hack looks familiar! And it’s not one minute! Pay no attention to that and just enjoy the show…

Right, this is a continuation of the previous one-minute map hack. These are important, people!

Oh, this is a good one! So raster functions are some of my favorite map things. Like raindrops on roses and stuff. And I used to do a raster function, then do another raster function to the result, then another and so on. But if I wanted to make a change to one of the intermediate images I thought I had to start over. No! You can just right-click the last image and open up its function chain to see a tidy little automatically generated model. There, you can tweak all sorts of things and just re-run it. Such a time saver. In fact, it took you longer to read this description then it would be just to watch the video. Especially if I just keep going on and on about it.

Here’s one for my ArcGIS Online friends out there. Here’s how to stuff things into a basemap, and also how to ensure that basemap labels aren’t covered up by data layers. Mega easy.

Well folks, that’s five more in the can. Let me know in the comments if there are short tips and tricks that you’ve learned that are huge time-savers or a fun surprise, and you’d like me to share as future one-minute map hack! I aim to please.

Until then, Happy One-Minute Map 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 Content team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways -and then talking about it. I also get to spend time with the Story Maps team, working on fun and useful user experiences. 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. Loads more how-to posts: esri.com/arcgis-blog/author/j_nelson/ My YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/JohnNelsonMaps Loads of Styles for Pro: esriurl.com/nelsonstyles Instagram: instagram.com/johnmnelson/

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