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About finding an address

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 will be added to your project. All of these locators are used by default in the Locate pane. This allows you to begin geocoding immediately without you having to create and configure a locator.

Once you add any additional locators to your project, any address searches you perform in the Locate pane include a search using that locator to geocode the address in addition to the geocoding services that are added automatically. You can disable the use of locators in the Locate pane by clicking the Settings tab and unchecking the check box titled Enabled. Suggestions for your input into the search box in the Locate pane appear as you type. Suggestions in the Locate pane are generated by the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service and any custom locators published to your connected portal that were created with suggestions enabled. Suggestions will also work for a locator that was created with suggestions enabled if it was published as geocode service and added to your project through a server connection. Suggestions can be disabled for individual locators for use in the Locate pane using the Settings tab.

Locate pane Settings tab

After you perform a search, address candidates appear in a list format sorted according to locator, with the candidates appearing directly under the locator that returned them, as in the following image.

Address search with more than one locator

This feature allows you to always see which candidates are returned by your personal locators as well as from the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service.

In addition to finding 430 University Ave as a street address, Disney World as a place of interest, or a coordinate pair such as W84.392 N32.722, you can find other types of locations. The following subsections introduce some of these location types and present other options as well.

Single-line input

ArcGIS Pro locators support inputting an address in a single-line format. Single-line address inputs are accepted on the Locate pane. Commas are optional for delimiting the fields. The single-line format can be in the form of an address or a place-name.

Spatial offset

You can add a spatial offset to an address if you want to display the point location in an offset distance and direction from the found location of an address. The spatial offset can be presented as [distance] [units] [direction] from [address], for example, 500 feet NW from 150 Linden Ave NE, where 150 Linden Ave NE is the address. You can use many other units and direction values than those in the example. Instead of specifying a direction, you can enter a bearing degree, for example, 200 yards bearing 70 from [address]. For this type of search, the returned candidates are pairs of x,y coordinates instead of address candidates.

X,Y coordinates

Instead of finding an address, you can use x,y coordinates to find a location in the Locate pane. The coordinates you enter can be any of the following:

  • Longitude-latitude or latitude-longitude
  • Values in the map document's coordinate system
  • United States National Grid (USNG) coordinates
  • Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) coordinates
  • Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinate notation

No specific locators are needed in the project for finding these x,y locations. ArcGIS Pro supports finding these x,y locations using the Locate pane only.

Here is some helpful information on how you may enter the x,y coordinates for searching.

  • You can enter the coordinates in longitude-latitude or latitude-longitude order. Remember, x is longitude (east-west), and y is latitude (north-south)—the same order in which coordinates display in the status bar. Spherical coordinates aren't always specified in this order. For example, if someone asks you to plot 17.1325, -60.666 on the map, ask if these coordinates are in longitude-latitude or latitude-longitude order. The way to tell the order from the coordinates is if they contain E, W, N, or S characters to signify the hemisphere. The found candidate indicates if the result is a LongLat point or LatLong point.
  • When you are using decimal degrees (DD), degrees minutes seconds (DMS), or degrees decimal minutes (DM), coordinates can be entered by using a minus sign before the numeric value to signify the western or southern quadrants or by using E, W, N, or S characters before or after the numeric values.
  • Values in DMS and DM coordinates can be separated with spaces; with the °, ', and " special characters (such as when you paste coordinates that you have copied from other dialog boxes or applications that use those characters); or with both.
  • Regardless of whether you use DD, DMS, or DM on the dialog box, coordinates can be entered in any of these three formats and are automatically converted to match your chosen format.
  • When using MGRS or USNG locations, make sure there are no spaces in the coordinate string.

Valid longitude-latitude inputs



45 W

45 S





45 30.5W

44 30.5S

45° 30'30"W


45 30 30 W

45 30 30 N

-45 30 30

45 30 30

45 30.50W

45 30.50



Valid MGRS and USNG inputs


100,000-meter square

0-digit coordinate


10,000-meter square

2-digit coordinate


1,000-meter square

4-digit coordinate


100-meter square

6-digit coordinate


10-meter square

8-digit coordinate


1-meter square

10-digit coordinate

Valid UTM coordinate notation input

17R 419230 2714967

1-meter square

13-digit coordinate