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When displaying your feature layers in a map and scene, you can quickly identify the attribute information about a particular feature without a selection or interfering with an existing selection. Use the Explore tool Explore Tool to click a feature, or drag a box while holding the Ctrl key, to identify multiple features. The Pop-up pane displays a list of identified features, grouped by layer, and a formatted list of field attributes.

The following are advantages to using pop-ups:

  • Pop-ups can streamline your workflow if you want to see a limited list of attributes all the time.

  • Pop-ups can be tailored for sharing information in a well-formatted, stylized manner.

  • You can optionally pin a pop-up to the screen to compare features.

  • When you create pop-ups and author your specific content and style, they will be honored when shared in web layers. Pop-ups configured through can be consumed in ArcGIS Pro and will appear in the opened map. To learn about sharing in web layers, see Author a web map.

  • Coordinates are displayed for a single clicked location or for individual features as their attributes are viewed. Coordinates can be copied for use elsewhere.

  • Identified items can be selected or navigated to from the results list.

Access pop-ups

Open a pop-up for a feature by interacting with the view using the Explore tool Explore Tool, which is the primary tool for common navigation commands. Pop-up functionality is built into the Explore tool, so a single click on an identifiable feature automatically opens the Pop-up pane. Alternatively, you can open a pop-up for multiple features by dragging a box while holding the Ctrl key. If the Pop-up pane is already docked in the project, it will refresh content with each new identify. To add to an existing list of identified results, press Ctrl+Shift and drag a rectangle to collect any additional features.

When a pop-up is displayed, it contains two portions: a listing, grouped by layer, of all items identified and the individual attributes of the selected feature. You can move it, pin it, or collapse it. Move a pop-up by dragging it. A pinned pop-up is fixed in place and will not disappear until you close it, a new tool is activated, or it is unpinned and you click a new feature. A collapsed pop-up is reduced in size so it doesn't interfere with the map. Resize a pop-up from any edge or corner.

Pop-ups are associated with the map or scene where they originated. Changing focus to another map or scene causes them to disappear; however, open pop-ups reappear once focus is returned.


If you float the map view or move it to another monitor, the pop-up doesn't go with it.

View data attributes in a pop-up

Depending on your workflow, the quickest way to identify and view your data's attributes may be using a pop-up or the Attributes pane. Understanding your data and your workflow will help you find the method that best suits your needs.

A pop-up, by default, shows a listing, grouped by layer, of all identified items and the attributes of one feature at a time. The attribute portion allows you the flexibility to view configured content (custom text, field-value pairs, charts, images, and so on). For features that participate in relationships, the related data must be in the map in order to view attributes in a pop-up. Related data can be viewed by expanding the arrow next to the feature name in the listing portion of the pop-up. Pop-ups are displayed for feature, raster, LAS, and TIN layers, with or without a selection, by interactively clicking in the view. However, pop-ups are read-only when viewing them.


The order pop-ups are presented depends on the Explore tool layer order options. This ordering is controlled by selecting the desired option from the drop-down arrow under the Explore tool Explore Tool on the Map tab. The following options are available:

  • Topmost Layer—All features drawn on the map return a pop-up.
  • Visible Layer—Only layers currently turned on return pop-ups.
  • Selectable Layers—Only layers marked as selectable return pop-ups.
  • Selected in Contents—Only layers currently selected in the Contents pane return pop-ups.
  • Candidate Pop-up—Only geocoded candidate results return pop-ups.

If you want to edit features, you need to use the Attributes pane or the table view. This way, you can view and edit the attribute values of one or more selected features. You can also see the attributes of any related features or tables. All selectable layers will show results in the Attributes pane.

Pin a pop-up

A pop-up for an individual feature can be pinned to the screen so it will not disappear when you click a different one. This is helpful if you want a side-by-side feature pop-up comparison, or if you work with dual or large monitors and spread out your application display. You can pin more than one pop-up in a map. To pin a pop-up, right-click it in the listing and click Move to Pinned Pop-up. The pop-up will remain pinned until you either return it to the pop-up pane using the Move to Pop-up Pane button on the pop-up banner or close the pop-up. Closing the pop-up will remove it from the listing entirely; it will not be returned to the primary Pop-up pane.

You can collapse a pinned pop-up if you want to minimize its appearance in the view. Only the pop-up banner remains with the Move to Pop-up Pane, Expand, and Close options.

Customize pop-ups

To build your own pop-ups for feature layers, right-click the layer in the Contents pane and click Configure Pop-ups Configure pop-ups. The Pop-ups pane appears so you can customize the appearance. You can do the following in the Pop-ups pane:

  • Define a title for the pop-up. The Display field is the default title.
  • Add and configure media elements such as images, charts, and hyperlinks.
  • View related data.
  • Style and format text properties such as font size, font color, borders, and colors.
  • Show a list of attachments.
  • Use Arcade expressions to allow for more formatting control.

A pop-up can only have one custom description and list of fields.


For layers with enabled attachments, you can display the list of attachments in a pop-up. When a feature has attachments and you have chosen to show the list, you will see hyperlinks that launch the attachment in the default file handler. Features without attachments display a message that there are no attachments.

You can also source an image using attachments. By default, all attachments that are of type=image are included in the pop-up. Alternatively, you can choose to only show the first attached image.

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