ArcGIS StoryMaps

Turn a Story Map Series into a countdown

Note: This blog covers the classic Esri Story Maps. Story authors are encouraged to use the new ArcGIS StoryMaps to create stories. However, Esri will continue to maintain the classic templates for your use. For more information, see the Product road map.

Story Map Series is one of the more popular Story Maps, enabling you to present a series of maps via tabs, numbered bullets, or an expandable side accordion. In addition to maps, you can include images, video, and web content in your series to tell your story and engage your audience. By default, these layouts work in ascending order – numbered from 1 to the last entry. But in some cases you might want your Story Map to work in reverse order, from highest number to 1. Here’s how to switch your Story Map Series from a count up, to a countdown.


Counting up

The bulleted and side accordion layout options include numbers which are ordered starting with 1, and sequentially displayed until the last entry. Below is an example of a Story Map Series using the side accordion layout (Nation of Drones). Note that the entries are display in ascending order, from 1 to 4.

Below is an example of a Story Map Series using the bulleted layout (Great Wetlands of the World). Note that the bullets are displayed in ascending order, from 1 to 13.


Counting down

You can change your Story Map Series to display entries in reverse the order, from high to low. For example, instead of going from 1 to 10 (or whatever your last entry is), you can change it to reverse the order, counting down from 10 to 1. This is useful when instead of a forward progressing series, you are looking for a “countdown” from the last entry to the first.

To reverse the order, in builder mode click Settings:

Then check the box to Reverse numbering:

Apply and save your changes when finished.

Instead of ordering 1 through 10, your Story Map Series will countdown from the last entry to the first. Note that reverse numbering only applies to the bulleted and side accordion layout options.


More information

This post was originally published on January 11, 2018, and has been updated.

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