A spatial bookmark identifies a specific geographic location you want to save and refer to later. This may be a particular study area you frequently work with. As you navigate around your view, you can easily return to the study area by accessing the bookmark. You can also use bookmarks to highlight areas in your view that you want others to see.
Bookmarks can be spatial (2D or 3D) or temporal. A time-enabled map means that spatial bookmarks can be created for a specific point in time. For example, if you have hurricane track data over the course of a week, you can create a bookmark showing the hurricane's location at mid-week that you can return to at any time.
As you collect bookmarks, they are saved in a list and are available to all maps in the project. To help differentiate between your bookmarks, they are captured with a thumbnail snapshot.
Create a bookmark
Create a new bookmark to store the current view extent so that you can come back to that same location in the future.
- Navigate to the location or perspective you want to bookmark.
- On the Map tab, in the Navigate group, click Bookmarks > New Bookmark .
- If you have the Bookmarks pane open you can optionally use it to create and navigate bookmarks. Click Manage Bookmarks to open the docked pane.
- In the window that appears, type a name for the bookmark and click OK.
To confirm your bookmark was created, click the Bookmarks button again; a thumbnail and the name of the bookmark you just created should be listed. Clicking items in this list is how you navigate using bookmarks.
Navigate with bookmarks
When using a bookmark to navigate, only the active map view will update. To navigate multiple views together using bookmarks, ensure they are linked. You can access bookmarks in two ways so that you can use them for navigation:
- Using the Bookmarks quick-access gallery on the Map tab
- Using the Bookmarks pane
When using the quick-access gallery list from the Map tab, you only need to expand the list and click the desired bookmark. The view will update by zooming to the location.
In the Bookmarks pane you have the option to zoom or pan to a bookmarked location. To access these commands, hover over the bookmark you want. Zoom To centers and zooms in on the exact bookmark location. Pan To only centers the view on the bookmark location. The Bookmarks pane is also the place where you manage bookmarks.
In ArcGIS Pro, bookmarks can contain both spatial and temporal components, making it simple to return to a location in both space and time. Thumbnails are overlaid with a clock icon if they contain time. You can display your bookmarks in the Bookmarks pane either using the gallery style with an thumbnail, or a list view with just the name. Either way you choose to list your bookmarks, temporal ones will always contain the clock overlay. In the images below, the image on the left is displayed as a gallery image, and the image on the right is the outline, or list view.
Choose the display style for bookmarks using the Menu button on the Bookmarks pane.
Use bookmarks to auto-generate an animation
You can import the current map's bookmarks and these bookmarks are converted to keyframes used to build an animation. On the View tab, click Add to open Animation and access to all animation settings. In the Create group click Import and choose Bookmarks to fly-through or Bookmarks to tour. These options use pre-defined settings for the path between the keyframes created from your bookmarks for that map.
To learn more about visualizing your GIS content as an animation, see Overview of animation.
Bookmarks know which map they were created in. Bookmarks is a dockable window and lists your bookmarks by map for the current project with the active view's bookmarks on top. Any bookmark in your current project can be managed using the Bookmarks pane without an active map or scene view.
Open the Bookmarks pane to manage bookmarks from the Map tab, in the Navigate group, by clicking Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks.
Ways to manage your bookmarks
In addition to using the Bookmarks Manager to access your list for quick navigation, you can use it for the following:
- Reorganize your bookmark list
- Update the extent of a bookmark
- Create new bookmarks
- Rename or delete bookmarks
Refine the extent of an existing bookmark
If you have a bookmark that needs to be improved to be more effective, you can easily refine and save that change using the Update button. Navigate using your bookmark in its current state, then interactively navigate to refine that viewpoint. Using the Bookmarks Manager pane, hover over the bookmark you want to change and click the Update button that appears. The bookmark will update its extent, time (if applicable), and thumbnail.