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When displaying feature layers in a map or scene, you can identify attribute information about a particular feature without making a selection or interfering with an existing selection by opening a pop-up. Use the Explore tool Explore Tool to click a feature, or drag a box while pressing 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 customized to display information in a well-formatted, stylized manner.
  • You can optionally pin a pop-up to the screen to compare features.
  • When you create and customize pop-ups, they are honored when shared in web layers. Pop-ups configured through can be consumed in ArcGIS Pro and appear in the opened map. To learn about sharing in web layers, see Author a web map.
  • Coordinates are displayed 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 pressing the Ctrl key. If the Pop-up pane is 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 a listing of all items identified, grouped by layer, and the individual attributes of the feature. You can move it, pin it, or collapse it. You can move a pop-up by dragging it. A pinned pop-up is fixed in place and does 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 or move it to another monitor, the pop-up doesn't go with it.


If you do not want pop-ups to appear for your layer, right-click the layer, or select multiple layers, in the Contents pane and click Disable Pop-ups Disable Pop-ups. This removes the pop-up configuration for the current layer. Use the same context menu to re-enable the pop-ups. You cannot configure the appearance of a pop-up for a layer that has disabled pop-ups. Open the Configure Pop-ups pane for the layer containing the disabled pop-ups and click Enable in order to customize the content in your pop-up.

View data attributes in a pop-up

You can identify and view feature attributes in pop-ups without having to first select the features. If you need to edit attributes, select the features and open the Attributes pane or a table view where you can modify attributes for selected features.

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 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 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.


The order in which pop-ups are presented depends on the Explore tool layer order options. You control this ordering 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—Only the topmost layer drawn on the map will return a pop-up.
  • Visible Layer—Only layers currently visible will 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.

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 remains 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 removes it from the listing entirely; it is not returned to the primary Pop-up pane.

You can collapse a pinned pop-up 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 Configure Pop-ups pane appears where you can customize the appearance. You can do the following in the Configure 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.
  • Disable the pop-up configuration for a layer so the pop-up will not appear.

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


For layers with enabled attachments, you can display a list of attachments in a pop-up by enabling the Show list of Attachments option in the Configure Pop-ups pane. When a feature has attachments and this option is enabled, a list of hyperlinks is displayed, ordered from oldest to newest, at the bottom of the pop-up. These links open the attachment in the default file handler. Features without attachments display a message indicating 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. The most recently added image attachment appears first. Alternatively, you can choose to only show the first, or most recent, attached image.

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