Using the map

NOTE:  These instructions have opened in a new window, so that you can see them while using the map.  To return to the map, just minimize or move this window aside.

View the PDF tutorial on using the map here.

This map uses the built-in viewer in the website, which is a complete, cloud-based, collaborative content management system for working with geographic information. What’s unique about these maps is that you can view, make, and share them from within the website. No programming or additional applications are needed.

Viewing  Web Maps
The website has an easy-to-use, built-in map viewer that lets you view web maps others have shared. When you open an existing map, you can change the extent, locate places, view a legend, see information about features, and more.

To pan and zoom, use your mouse and scroll wheel, the arrow keys on your keyboard, or the zoom slider on the left side of your map. To zoom in, you can also hold down the SHIFT key and drag a box on the map. Click the arrow in the top-right corner to open an overview map. You can also navigate the map to a predefined extent through bookmarks. See Using bookmarks for more information.

To locate specific places
Use the Find locator to find locations such as place-names, addresses, intersections, cities, points of interest, monuments, and geographic entities. Your map is automatically zoomed to the closest match from your search, and a callout marker is added to your map. You can remove this by clicking the X in the upper right of the marker.

To view feature information
Features are representations such as points or lines of real-world objects drawn on the map. Here, they represent the unique assets of Southern Virginia including Arts and Culture, Natural Beauty and Outdoor Recreation, Strategic Education and Job Training, and many more. These features contain descriptive text, images and web links, shown in a pop-up window that shares the significance of a particular asset. To view this information, simply click on a feature you would like to see more about, and a pop up window will appear. You can remove this by clicking the X in the upper right of the marker.

Printing Maps
To create a printer-friendly image of your map, click the Print button in the toolbar. If you print a map using your browser print button, many layers and logos may not show up when printed.


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