ArcGIS Pro Tips: Shortcut Savvy Navigation

Datetime:2016-08-23 05:19:56          Topic:          Share

I’ve experienced moments like this on more than one occasion. Maybe you’ve been there too:

“Ok, I’m almost done tracing this building, but the top left corner is just outside of the  view. Great, now I need to adjust my view and start over.”

Or…

“I need to measure around this work area in exact detail, so zoom in. Wait, now I can’t see the whole area to measure it, zoom out. Now I can’t see all the edges, zoom in.”

Cue the frustration. “If only there was a keyboard shortcut for map navigation…”

Tip #1:

One of the most useful tips for working in ArcGIS Pro that anyone has ever shared with me is this one:

If you’re using a tool other than Explore, and need to move the view, just press and hold “C.” Then you can use your mouse – left button drag to Pan, wheel button scroll to Zoom, and right mouse button drag to Continuous zoom in and out!

Now I can trace my building in one operation. I can get my measurements without having to start over. This is awesome!

Tip #2:

Another favorite of mine is the Insert key. Press the Insert key in 2D or 3D to zoom to the full extent of the layers in your map.

Tip #3:

Maybe you only want to zoom to one layer without entering a context menu? Just press Alt + click the layer’s name in the Contents pane. Just like that, you’re zoomed to that layer!

Looking for more?

These are just a few tricks I’ve learned while working at Esri that have saved me a few seconds here and there, alleviated my frustration, and improved the smoothness of my day to day workflows. If you want to read more, this ArcGIS Pro Help topic has a complete list of time-saving keyboard shortcuts for navigation .

If you find this blog useful and you’d like more tips like this for ArcGIS Pro, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Navigating!