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Navigation options

You can customize the default navigation experience for maps and scenes in ArcGIS Pro. These settings control how you orient your view, identify features, and navigate and manage your extent. On the Options dialog box, on the Navigation tab, you can set the following options:

  • Mouse wheel roll forward—Controls zooming in and out on a view. By default, Zooms in is selected. In this option, when you rotate the wheel button forward, you zoom in on your view. Select Zooms out to reverse this behavior.
  • Transition time—Controls the amount of time the application takes to move from one area to another. By default, this option is set to zero seconds. You can increase the transition time to slow the navigation between locations.
  • Enable panning gestures— Assist navigation when panning maps, scenes, and layout views. When you click and release the mouse, the application assists in navigating toward the direction in which the mouse was released, like a push or pull to glide in that direction. This option is enabled by default. If you uncheck this option, the assistance is not provided.
  • Follow terrain during roam— Specific to 3D navigation, this option maintains your position above ground, so it stays fixed even as you move forward, backward, uphill, or downhill. The view avoids bumping into or going through hills and can be useful when using roam near street-level navigation in hilly cities. When this option is enabled, the wheel button can still be used for zooming in and out and changing the camera's altitude. This option is not enabled by default.
  • Show distance to cursor— Specific to 3D navigation, this option displays the straight line distance from your view position to a location in the view such as a mountain top or corner of a building. The value displays in the status bar at the bottom of the view next to the coordinate display units. This options is not enabled by default.
  • On Screen Navigator
    • Show Navigator when opening 2D views — By default, no navigator control will show when a new 2D map view is opened. You can optionally configure 2D maps to open always showing the navigator using Heading or Full Control mode.
    • Show Navigator when opening 3D views — By default, the navigator control will show in Heading mode allowing you to always know where north is and click to reset the view to north. Click and drag the outer ring to pan around the scene. Optionally, configure 3D views to always open with the navigator maximized for full control or no navigator at all.
    • Default Navigator size — Adjust the initial size of the navigator as it will appear each time in a view.

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