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Identify addresses and places on the map

Addresses and places can be identified on the map using either the What's here? or the Address Inspector tool Address Inspector. The What's here? tool can return multiple results from each locator enabled in the project and display them in a pop-up. The Address Inspector tool uses a single locator to return a single address or place that is closest to the location identified on the map, displayed in a pop-up.

What's here?

You can identify addresses and locations on the map using any of the locators added to your project from your active portal using the What's here? tool.

  1. Pan or zoom on the map to a location where you want to identify an address or place, and right-click a location on the map. Choose What's here? from the context menu that appears.

    Select What's here? tool

    A pop-up appears that displays the information for the addresses, places, or intersections closest to the location that you right-clicked.

    What's here? tool pop-up result and click location with crosshairs and pin for matched location
  2. If more than one result is returned, you can click the arrows at the bottom of the pop-up to browse the results.

    By default, all the locators added to your project are used for identifying addresses and places on the map. Locators can be turned on or off for each map in the project clicking the Options button Options on the Locate tab of the Locate pane.

    To use any locators in addition to the World Geocoding Service or geocoding services from your portal connection, add them to your project.

    To view the available locators in your project, browse to the Catalog pane. Opened by default, this pane shares space with the Locate pane, so you may need to select it using the tab at the bottom of the pane.

    The Locators folder Locators contains a list of available locators. Click it to expand the contents.

Address Inspector

The Address Inspector tool uses a locator to find the address closest to an identified location on the map.

You can use the Address Inspector tool Address Inspector to click on the map and get the address or placename of that location. This process is often called reverse geocoding. The Address Inspector tool allows you to see what potential addresses are near the location you clicked, as well as the location of the address. This can be helpful when using a street-based locator to help assign addresses to homes or parcels in a new housing development. You can see what addresses are available along the street to ensure you assign a valid house number to the new parcel or address point. A multirole locator that consists of PointAddress and StreetAddress roles used in the tool can help to validate the new addresses against the streets and existing parcels or address points at the same time for more efficiency. Use the following steps to find an address and display information about it:

  1. On the Map tab, in the Inquiry group, click the Locate drop-down menu.
  2. Choose Address Inspector.

    Select Address Inspector tool

    The Address Locator tool overlay window appears in the upper left of the view.

    Address Inspector tool overlay window open in the Map view

  3. From the locator selection drop-down menu, choose the locator you want to use to identify locations on the map.

    Locators added to the project that support reverse geocoding will automatically display in the Address Inspector overlay window locator drop-down menu.

    The pointer turns into a crosshair.


    The ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service is not supported in this tool.

  4. Pan or zoom on the map to a location where you want to identify an address or place.
  5. Tip:
    Navigation shortcut keys work while the tool is active.
  6. Left-click any location on the map.

    A pop-up appears that displays the information for the address or place closest to the location that you left-clicked. A crosshair showing where you clicked and a pin showing the location it matched are also displayed on screen.

    Address Inspector results in the pop-up, crosshair where you clicked and location of match result.

  7. Tip:

    Double left-click the location on the map to keep the pop-up displayed. This allows you to copy any details about the location before identifying more locations.

    If the locator is a composite locator, an address is returned from the first participating locator.


    To find addresses for all the point features in a feature class, use the Reverse Geocode geoprocessing tool. The tool creates a new feature class containing additional fields for the returned addresses.

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