Mapping Tutorial: Customizing the Map

Customizing the Map

screen shot of the portion of the toolbar you use to customize the map

Tools for customizing the map are in the first section, on the right-hand side of the toolbar.

screen shot of the portion of the toolbar you use to view an overlay of counties on the map

County or City: displays county or city names. For the county view, the layer appears when the zoom rate reaches a level of 2000%. For the State view, the layer displays the names of major cities.

screen shot of the portion of the toolbar you use to add an overlay showing roads on the map

Roads: displays the road network on the main map.

screen shot of the portion of the toolbar you use to add an overlay of rivers to the map

Rivers: displays the rivers on the main map.

screen shot of the portion of the toolbar you use to add the state overlay

Overlay: displays the overlay in a transparent layer in the map foreground. Overlay areas include state in the county view, and county in the Census tract view.

When the overlay is displayed, a click on one of the zones automatically selects all the counties contained in a State or all the census tracks contained in a county and that are visible in the viewing frame. In this case, overlay can be used as a selection tool for the geographic units contained in the zone.

screen shot of the button that closes the overlay panel on the map This button erases the overlay.

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