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Go To XY

Sometimes you are given an input location and need to navigate directly to it. You can type x,y coordinates in the Go To XY tool and navigate right away. A list of supported units also lets you change the coordinate format being used on the fly.

On the Map tab, in the Navigate group, click the Go to XY button Go To XY to display the overlay in the view.

The Go To XY tool has the following features:

  • Input coordinates by typing directly or pasting from another source.
  • Coordinates can be entered in either the native units of the map's projection or in one of six predefined unit formats.
  • Visually identify the location by clicking Flash Flash.
  • Navigate to the location by clicking Pan Pan.
  • Maintains a recent history list to return the last five coordinates you have already entered for the current session.
  • Displays as a movable, on-screen overlay that opens the first time in the bottom center of the view.
  • Overlay can be minimized to take up less on-screen space when not in use but you don't want to completely remove it from the display.

Guidelines for specifying coordinates with the Go To XY command

You can specify the location as a longitude-latitude coordinate pair, a Military Grid Reference System grid location, a Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate, or a U.S. National Grid location. Click the Units button to choose the units to use for coordinates.

  • Remember that x is longitude (East/West), and y is latitude (North/South)—the same order in which coordinates are listed in the status bar. Spherical coordinates aren't always specified in this order, so make sure you enter longitude first on this dialog box. For example, if someone asks you to plot 17.1325, -60.666 on the map, ask them if these coordinates are in longitude-latitude or latitude-longitude order. The only way to tell the order from the coordinates themselves is if they contain E, W, N, S characters to signify the hemisphere.
  • When you're using decimal degrees (DD), degrees decimal minutes (DM), or degrees minutes seconds (DMS) coordinates can be entered using a minus sign before the numeric value to signify the western or southern quadrants or using E, W, N, S characters before or after the numeric values.
  • Values in DM and DMS coordinates can be separated with spaces or the °, ', " special characters (such as when you paste coordinates that you have copied from other dialog boxes or applications that use those characters) or both.
  • When a new unit format is chosen, coordinates in the recent history list are converted to match the new format.

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