Map Tool and Button
Click on a tool/button
icon for details on how to use. Buttons cause
something to happen immediately upon clicking.
Tools require activation and then a second step.
Tools are activated by clicking once. The active
tool has a red outline around it.
Standard Tools and Buttons
Zoom In: Activate this tool
and then draw a box around your area of interest to zoom
most quickly. For slower zooming simply select the
tool and click on the map.
Zoom Out: Activate this
tool and then draw a box to control zoom out
distance. A tiny box will zoom out a great
distance. A large box will zoom out a small
distance. For slower zooming simply select the
tool and click on the map.
Zoom Full: This button
zooms to the full view of the map. This may or may
not be the original view.
Zoom Active Layer: This
button zooms to the full view of the active layer.
This button zooms to the previous map extent. Use
this instead of the 'Back' button on your browser.
You may zoom back as far as 20 extents.
Zoom Forward: This button zooms forward to a
previously visited map extent. Use this instead of
the 'Forward' button on your browser. You may zoom
forward as far as 20 extents.
Pan: Make the tool active and
then click, hold down, and drag the map to get a new
Hyperlink: Activate the
tool and then click on a feature in the active layer to
get extended information about the feature. For
instance, click on a parcel to get Assessor's data,
permit information, and photos. Layers with
hyperlinks are indicated by a "-H" at the end of the
Identify All: Activate
and then click on the map to get information about
objects located at that point. The tool returns
information about all visible layers. Bug Note -
sometimes this tool causes the map to turn yellow in the
next view. Use the Clear Selection tool
Query: This tool opens a
dialogue box at the bottom of the map where you can type
in a query or use the query builder interface. If a
single feature is found a new map will be drawn that is
zoomed into the feature. The tool works on the active
layer. To find a street: make the roads layer active,
enter the street name and street type in capital letters
in the 'Value' field, click "Add to Query String", then
click "Execute". Click the "Samples" button to check the
format of fields. Complex expressions can be built with
by using various operators such as "And" and "Or". If
multiple features are found, a list will be returned
where features can be selected and zoomed to.
Measure: Click the tool and
then define the first point by clicking on the map.
As you move the cursor away from the first point the
distance will be displayed at the top left. Click
again to define the second point. Repeat for each
segment. The area will also be displayed if you
draw a polygon. You must wait for each command to
be completed before clicking another point. Use
cues from your browser to monitor this. Use any
other tool to stop measuring and the Clear Selection
to reset the values.
Set Units: Click the
button and select a new distance unit. This will affect
the scalebar, measuring, and buffering. The default
value is feet.
Select by Rectangle:
Select an object by clicking once or drawing a rectangle
within it. All objects in the active layer that are
touched by the rectangle will be selected.
Select by Line or Polygon:
Select an object by choosing points and then creating a
line or a polygon. All objects in the active layer
touched by the line or polygon will be selected. Wait
for a red dot to appear before choosing the next point.
Clears selected features and returns a fresh map.
Print: Click this button,
enter a title for your map, and click "Create Print
Page". A new browser window will appear with a map
layout. Then use the print button on your browser.
allow you to select different size and quality images
for your print output. Choose SIZE=SMALL and
QUALITY=NORMAL for a map that matches what you see in
the viewer. Increasing the image quality makes the
map preview look bad on the screen but gives a better
printout. A large, high quality image may take
considerable time to download.
Activate the tool
and then click on locations in east Jefferson County to
get the elevation. The elevation figures were
obtained from LIDAR and the vertical accuracy goal was
30 cm. LIDAR stands for light detection
and ranging. There is a new value
every six feet in the horizontal direction.
Share Map: This button
will open up a new window that includes a web address.
This address can be copied and used in a web browser to
duplicate the map you are currently viewing. The
map extent, visible layers, and active layer will all be
This tool opens a dialogue box at the bottom of the map
where you type in an address. You must include a
street address number. If the search is successful
a red dot and address label will be placed on the map.
If you have already zoomed to one address you may have
to click on the address number hotlink to the left of
your next address to view it. Zip code and cross
street are not required but may improve results.
This works by interpolating street address ranges and
does not search any kind of real address database.
As a result, address flags may not line up precisely
with the actual address. If you don't have a
street number but want to find a street, try typing in a
reasonable fake number.
Buffer: Select a feature and
then click the buffer button. Enter a distance for the
buffer and a layer that you want to highlight features
from and then click "Buffer". A new map will be returned
that shows the buffer and features that fell within it.
Buffering may take some time depending on the layer you
choose to highlight and your buffer distance. Check the
"Display Attributes" checkbox prior to buffering to get
a list of features that fall within the buffer.
Toggle Legend/Layerlist: This button toggles
between the layerlist/data folders and the legend.
Toggle Overview Map:
This button turns the overview map on and off.