- Video length: 0:58
- This video was created with ArcGIS Pro 2.0.
In ArcGIS Pro, you often explore the same data in both a 2D map and a 3D scene. Navigation in 2D maps mainly involves panning and zooming. Navigation in 3D scenes adds rotation and tilting.
The Explore tool is the default mouse navigation and feature identification tool for both maps and scenes. It incorporates most 2D and 3D navigation functionality and can be coupled with keyboard shortcuts. In ArcGIS Pro 2.0, a navigator can also be used to provide on-screen control for navigation and visual feedback as you modify the camera by panning, zooming, rotating, or tilting the view. The navigator has two modes, Heading and Full Control, to provide the level of control you need. The navigator is present by default in 3D scenes but needs to be enabled in 2D if you want to use it.
In this tutorial, you'll navigate a map and a scene using the Explore tool and the navigator. You'll also learn how to link views so your map and scene pan, zoom, and rotate together.
ArcGIS Pro 2.0 is recommended. The tutorial project file will open in earlier versions of ArcGIS Pro; however, the tutorial steps in the online help reflect the current software release. If you have an earlier software version, use the offline help system to open the tutorial. To switch from the online to the offline help system, see About ArcGIS Pro Help.
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Data for all quick-start tutorials is included in one download. To download the data, follow these steps:
Open the project
You'll navigate 2D and 3D views of Aoraki/Mount Cook on the South Island of New Zealand. Approximately 3,700 meters high, Aoraki/Mount Cook is New Zealand's tallest mountain.
- Start ArcGIS Pro and sign in if necessary.
- On the start page, under your recent projects, click Open another project.
- On the Open page, under Open, click Computer and click Browse .
- On the Open Project dialog box, browse to Navigate_maps_and_scenes.aprx and click OK.
The file will be in a tutorial data folder with the same name, such as C:\ArcGISProQuickstartData\Navigate_maps_and_scenes.
The project opens with a topographic basemap zoomed to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. The project also contains a 3D scene named Mount Cook 3D.
- In the Contents pane, turn on the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park layer to see the park boundary.
Navigate a 2D map
You'll navigate to Aoraki/Mount Cook using the Explore tool . You'll also zoom to a specified map scale and create a bookmark.
- On the ribbon, on the Map tab, in the Navigate group, hover over the Explore tool .
A pop-up image shows the mouse button navigation functions and a few common keyboard shortcuts.
- Hover over the map view. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
- In the lower left corner of the map view, click the scale drop-down menu and click 1:100,000.
- Drag the pointer to pan around the area of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
- Release and move the pointer over the map view.
The x,y coordinates of the mouse pointer's current map location are displayed at the bottom of the map view.
- Using the x,y coordinates to guide you, navigate to Aoraki/Mount Cook at 170.14E longitude and 43.60S latitude.
The peak is a small black dot with the label 3676 m. It lies near the border of the West Coast and Canterbury regions.
- Pan the map to put the mountain in the center of the view.
To save this view as a place you can return to easily, you'll add a bookmark.
- On the ribbon, on the Map tab, in the Navigate group, click the Bookmarks drop-down menu and click New Bookmark . On the Create Bookmark dialog box, type Aoraki/Mount Cook. Click OK.
Navigate a 3D scene
Now you'll look at the mountain in a 3D scene. You'll navigate with the Explore tool and the on-screen navigator.
- Click the Mount Cook 3D view tab to make the scene active.
The view shows the area around the mountain in 3D. Your current height above ground level is displayed in the lower left corner of the view, below the on-screen navigator, in the same place as the map scale in a 2D map.
- On the Map tab, in the Navigate group, click Bookmarks . Under Mount Cook Bookmarks, click Aoraki/Mount Cook.
The scene zooms in to the mountain. The view faces north and the perspective is perpendicular (looking straight down).
- In the Contents pane, under 3D Layers, turn on the Aoraki/Mount Cook layer.
The peak is symbolized by a dark purple triangle.
- On the Map tab, confirm that the Explore tool is selected.
- Drag the pointer to pan the scene, the same as in a 2D map.
- Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out, the same as in a 2D map.
- Tilt the scene by clicking the scroll wheel on the mouse while moving the mouse forward and backward. Don't turn the scroll wheel or you will zoom instead of tilting.
- Rotate the scene by clicking the scroll wheel on the mouse while moving the mouse from side to side.
As you rotate, the north indicator on the navigator shows you which direction you are facing.
- Press N on the keyboard to rotate the view to face north.
- Press P on the keyboard to tilt the view to perpendicular.
- Zoom to the Aoraki/Mount Cook bookmark.
The same navigation movements (and more) that you make with the Explore tool can be made with the navigator.
- On the navigator, click the Show Full Control button.
The navigator expands to show its full functionality.
- Pan the scene by clicking the outer ring of the navigator and dragging in any direction.
As you drag, a faint arrow indicates the direction.
- Tilt the view by clicking the inner ring of the navigator and dragging forward and backward.
- Look around from a fixed position by clicking the inner sphere of the navigator and dragging in any direction.
The camera remains stationary, as if you are looking around from the top of the mountain.
- Hover over one of the points on the outer ring—they represent cardinal directions—and click the arrow.
The view rotates to face in the corresponding direction. Note that the big arrow on the outer ring, the North arrow, always points to the north.
- Experiment with the other navigator controls.
You can display your map and scene side by side. You can also link them to synchronize navigation.
- Right-click the active Mount Cook 3D view tab and click New Vertical Tab Group.
- If necessary, drag the vertical bar separating the side-by-side views to make them approximately the same size.
- On the ribbon, click the View tab. In the Link group, click the Link Views drop-down menu, and click Center and Scale .
The map view zooms to an extent and a scale that match the active scene view. The view tabs for the map and scene are marked with icons to show that they are linked.
- Navigate the scene using the Explore tool or the navigator.
The map and scene pan, zoom, and even rotate together.
- On the View tab, in the Link group, click the selected Center and Scale button to unlink the views.
- Right-click the view tab of the Mount Cook 3D scene view and click Move to Previous Tab Group.
Now just one view is displayed at a time.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button to save the project. If you get an ArcGIS Project prompt asking if you want to proceed, click Yes.
Now that you know how to navigate maps and scenes, try the quick-start tutorial Add data to a project.