Map Tools and Tips

Many of our interactive maps have tools to help you. Here are what the icons look like and what some the tools can do.

Help Tool

The Help icon typically shows what the map was designed to do and may include some basic instructions to get you started.

Map Layers Tool

The Layers button displays the drawing layers that can be turned on or off. Turning layers on and off is how you control what you see on the map. Click the arrow next to the layers name to display more layers in that map. (Layers contain features. The Parcel layer contains many Parcels. Each is a feature of that layer.)

Map Legend Tool

The legend button will display what the colors represent in the layers that are currently active (turned on). Zooming in or turning on additional layers with the LAYERS button, will normally result in more information being displayed.

Map Measure Tool

Select what to measure, area or length, select unit of measure. Click on map to start, double-click where to end. The map does take time to respond to each click. Be patient.

Map Draw Tool

Drawing tool bar also allows for you to label, add text or shapes.

Map Share Tool

The Share button lets you email a link to your map to someone else.

Basemap Gallery Photo Gallery Tool

Basemap shows all the photography available for the map that you are viewing. This tool combined with the SWIPE tool a good way to compare photos from different years in the same area of the county.

Map Slider Tool

The Swipe tool contains a slider bar. You can select which layers to swipe off the map or use it to compare what is underneath another layer. This tool is a good way to compare photography from year to year.

Map Select Tool

The Select tool is used to select things from the map. Use the LAYERS tool and turn on the items (features in that layer) you would like to select. (If they are not on, you cannot select them). Once you open the tool, you may have different selection methods: by a point, a polygon, a straight line, a curved line, or a shape. After you have selected features, you can export them to a CSV file. A select drop down will appear showing what you have selected and how many features are in each layer. Click the three buttons for the layer you wish to work with, or to see more options. Use the CLEAR button in the drop down to reset the select tool.

Map Query Tool

The query tool has custom built in functionality relative to the map it is working with. It is a multi-step tool in most instances. The first step is usually a selecting function either by graphic or typing.

Example of Emergency Service Application: select fire department:

Query criteria

Henning (Henning is one of the fire departments in the layer, a Feature of that layer.)

You would type the name of the fire department in. An example is provided in this case Henning provided as a hint.
After you apply the selecting step a resulting layer is named. It is a layer of what you selected in step one. The results can be exported at this time for more information click the three dots.
To get to the next step : You need to get back to a task. To do so, select the word TASKS on top of the query results page then select the Arrow . under the word TASKS. Another query that has been built for this map will display. Many of them use the Results Layer you created in the selecting process.

If I want to see all the parcels that Henning fire department serves, first use the selection process and select Henning fire department, then reset the task and next select: Obtain Parcels/Use Fire Department Query Results.( The query result being the Resulting layer you created in selecting Henning Fire Department).

The query “Obtain Parcels/Use Fire Department Query Results” you will ask the question; of the selected Fire Department (Obtain Parcels/Use Fire Department Query results) what parcels fall within the area? (in some maps, it may intersect, contain or are completely within) At this point you would choose Parcels as the layer to use with the Results Layer. If you wanted to know what sections are within the Results layer, you would have selected Sections, instead of Parcels.

You can select subsets of any layer with the Results Layer you created in step one to find a spatial relationship.

Map Filter Tool

This is the Filter tool (it is a custom tool). It allows features to be removed using attributes and SQL. It is currently used to turn off Road Polygons (areas of dedicated road or right of way) from showing in the Queries, resulting in a cleaner export.

Map Zoom Tool

Click the plus button to zoom in one extent. Click the minus button to zoom out one extent.

Map Home Extent Tool

Click this button to go back to the extent (zoom level) that was loaded when you first started the map.

Map My Location Tool

The GPS button when viewing on your phone or another GPS enabled devise will display where you currently are on the map.

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