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. An optional description property can be added with additional information you need to display. For example, details about the location, moment in time, or a hyperlink.
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 and click New Bookmark .
- If you have the Bookmarks pane open you can optionally use it to create new bookmarks. Click Manage Bookmarks to open the docked pane.
- In the window that appears, type a name for the bookmark, provide an optional description, 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.
The optional description has a maximum length of 500 characters. It allows for the standard formatting options bold, italic, and underline. A hyperlink can also be included, however, the use of one will require additional characters which will decrease the total number of characters available.
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.
The quick-access gallery lists all bookmarks within the project grouped by their associated map. If only the bookmarks from a single map are desired, the drop down arrow in the upper-left corner of the gallery will allow for a single map selection. By default only the title and a thumbnail preview are visible. Descriptions can be included in the gallery by enabling the Show Descriptions option.
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.
If you are switching between 2D and 3D views, the extent may differ than the original view in which the bookmark was captured. For instance, bookmarks created in 3D but viewed in 2D, will have a 2D extent derived from the original 3D view. If the bookmark was created in 2D but viewed in 3D, the scene view will display perpendicular.
To adjust the speed at which the navigation experience updates the view, you can set the Navigation Autopilot Speed to be instant or a slower, graceful transition. Open the Options dialog box from the Project tab and click the Navigation tab. Move the slider to adjust the zoom time. The higher the value in seconds, the longer the duration it will take to get to your bookmark.
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 into an animation and these bookmarks are converted directly 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.