To begin using the many geocoding functions available to you in ArcGIS Pro, you first need to know where to look for them. Briefly touring the application provides you with the information you need to get started right away.
Geocoding functions available in ArcGIS Pro
A great deal of geocoding functionality, both for beginners and for more advanced users who require more specialized geoprocessing tools, is available in the ArcGIS Pro application. You will find all of these geocoding functions in a few easy-to-find places. For example, the screen capture below shows the Locate pane, where you can quickly and easily geocode a single address.
The Locate pane is accessible only after you add a map to your application and you click the Locate button. If you want to geocode a single address, type it into the search box in the Locate pane pictured above, and press Enter. Your addresses display in list format shown below and in the image above as well as on the map. You can zoom to the addresses to determine which match you prefer.
The Locate pane will attempt to geocode any search input against all locators added to your project. Locators are automatically added to your project in ArcGIS Pro from your portal connection. If you are logged in with your ArcGIS Online account, the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service will be added automatically to your project, along with any other geocoding services available to you through your organizational account. Alternatively, if you are logged in through a custom portal, the geocoding services published on that portal as utility services will be added to your project. You can also add additional locators to a project manually, from a file folder, from a server connection, or from locator items on your portal.
You can also modify some settings for geocoding from the Settings tab of the Locate pane. The Settings tab allows you to enable or disable locators in your project. If locators are enabled, they will be used to geocode addresses in the Locate pane and to reverse geocode if you right-click the map and select What's here?. If locators are not enabled, they will not be used for these two functions. Additionally, if a locator added to your project was built with suggestions capability, you can enable the use of suggestions for that locator in the Locate pane. By default, all locators are enabled for use in the Locate pane and with What's here?, and all locators with suggestions capabilities are used in the Locate pane.
The following screen capture shows another important location for geocoding related tools: the Geoprocessing pane, which allows you to access various geocoding tools.
Do the following to access the Geoprocessing pane:
- Click the Analysis tab at the top of the page.
- Click the Tools button.
Extensive background GIS or geocoding knowledge is not necessary to use the geocoding functionality in ArcGIS Pro. You now have a basic understanding of the Locate pane and the Geoprocessing pane in the Geocoding Tools section, which contain all the functionality you need to get started. Once you explore these two panes, every geocoding function available in ArcGIS Pro is ready for you to use.