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ArcGIS Online Introduction: Web Maps & Presentations

Create a Web Map

  1. Log In to your ArcGIS Online account
  2. Click Map tab
  3. Choose basemap
  4. Zoom to area of interest (extent)
  5. "Add+" button ….Search for layers .. select layers … click “Done Adding Layers” button
  6. Adjust transparency by opening context menu for layer and choosing transparency
  7. Open “Show Map Legend” button in details tab
  8. Can zoom to change features dynamically, if data file is dynamic; legend will adjust
  9. Can add files from computer (1000 feature maximum)
    • shapefiles (zipped)
    • delimited text
    • GPS exchange format (.gpx)
  10. Configure symbols
  11. Configure popups; may want to limit attributes displaying in the pop-up:
    • Open context menu for layer and choosing Configure Popups
    • Can add “media” to popup such as images, graphs, etc.
  12. Create editable layer
    Choose template; locate feature; add title; description; image link; choose symbol
  13. When saving, choose tags, summary, folder
  14. Will be able to find in “My Content”

Example: Durham Gun Crimes, 2011 (Cancel out of login)

Sharing a Web Map

Sharing Options will allow the map to be seen beyond "My Content":

  • Specified groups
  • Your organization
  • Everyone (the public)

Besides making the web map available to ArcGIS Online users, from the Share Button in the Web Map window, you can also:

  • Embed the web map in a web page or blog post. The map can retain interactive features such as pop-ups.
  • Link to the web map: get a URL that you can paste in an email or chat window, or share on social media sites (Facebook and Twitter buttons provided)


This is comparable to a Powerpoint presentation, but in a browser window

  • Choose Create Presentation from drop-down in front of Type=Web Map. Lets you create a series of slides from the map (e.g., different locations; different scales).
  • Can add title, then lock the extent
  • Each slide is dynamic, allowing zooming and panning away from the locked extent