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Set the map extent

The map extent is defined by a series of bounding coordinates that delineate the area of the map or scene with which you want to work. On the Map tab in the Navigate group, click Full Extent Full Extent to pan and zoom the map or scene to the current map extent. This extent is used when the map or scene is placed into a layout.

By default, this extent is the spatial extent covered by all features in all layers in the map or scene. This is a dynamic extent. It updates accordingly when data is added or removed from the map or scene.

Alternatively, you can set a custom map extent. You can type extent coordinates in manually, or you can borrow extent values from any of the following sources to set the extent coordinates:

  • The current visible extent
  • The extent of the data in all layers
  • The extent of all features in a layer
  • The extent of all visible features in a layer
  • The extent of all selected features in a layer

Custom map extents are static. They are not updated if data is added to or removed from the map or scene.

The coordinates of the selected extent are shown. You can refine them further by adjusting their values. To apply common extents to multiple maps, you can copy all four coordinate values at once and paste them into another map's extent coordinates.

Set a dynamic full map extent

To set a full map extent to dynamically use the extent of all the data in all the layers, follow these steps:

  1. In a map or scene view, right-click the name of the map or scene in the Contents pane and click Properties to open the Map Properties dialog box.
  2. On the Extent tab, click Use extent of data in all layers.
  3. Click OK to close the Map Properties dialog box.

Set a static custom extent

To set the map to a custom extent based on specific coordinate values or a subset of features, follow these steps:

  1. In a map or scene view, right-click the name of the map or scene in the Contents pane and click Properties to open the Map Properties dialog box.
  2. On the Extent tab, click Use a custom extent.
  3. Choose an option from the Get extent from menu to generate extent coordinates.

    If you chose to get the extent from a layer in the map, you can hover over the layer name and choose to use the extent of all features, of selected features, or of just features currently in view.

  4. Optionally refine the extent coordinate values and set the display units.
  5. Click OK to close the Map Properties dialog box.

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