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Set a custom full extent

Clicking Full Extent Full Extent zooms to display all the data in your map or scene. However, sometimes Full Extent displays more data than necessary. In these cases, you may want to set your own full extent. For example, in a map of France, you may have layers that cover the world; therefore, clicking Full Extent zooms out to the whole world when you only wanted to zoom to the country's scale.

You can choose from the following options to define a full extent:

  • Extent of data in all layers—This option is the default. The full extent is defined by the combined extent of all features in all layers.
  • Custom extent—You can calculate the full extent by the extent of a layer in your map or scene, or the current visible extent. If the layer you use for the full extent is a feature layer, you can restrict the full extent to only visible features. In addition to calculating the full extent using a layer, you can also add the coordinates for the bounding area.
  • Clip layers to full extent—Only features inside the full extent will draw. Use this option to define a local scene showing features only within a specified area of interest.

  1. In the Contents pane, right-click a map, and click Properties to open the Map Properties dialog box.
  2. Click the Extent tab.
  3. Choose the option to define the full extent.
  4. Click OK.
  5. On the Map tab, in the Navigate group, click Full Extent Full Extent to zoom to your custom extent.