Tools In The Interactive Tool Dropdown Menu

For more information on how to use the Navigator, see the sections on:


Dropdown menu image

When you click on this menu, a list drops down with a choice of interactive tools.

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Zoom In Use this tool to see more local data about an area of interest. Select the ZOOM IN tool and click on the spot you want to zoom in on. Another option is to click and, holding the left mouse button down, drag a box around the extent of the map you want to zoom in on as illustrated below.

Zoom Out Use this tool to view a map showing less detail but a larger extent. You can click on a point to zoom out or you can drag a box. The larger a box you create, the more the map will zoom out.

Recenter The RECENTER tool recenters the map on whatever point you click. It also functions as a panning tool. If you left click and hold the mouse button down, you can then drag the entire map in whichever direction you choose. When you let go of the mouse button, the map will redraw wherever you have positioned it.

Identify The IDENTIFY tool identifies the features shown on the map. Remember, to use the identify tool you must first select a layer from the active layer menu described below. Once you've selected an active layer, click on the map feature you want to identify. The Navigator will return information about that feature in the area below the map.

Measure The MEASURE tool can be used to measure distances on the map in real life units. Either measure in a straight line or along a specific route. To do this, select the Measure tool from the drop down menu. A distance indicator will appear in the upper left hand corner of the map display area. There are two fields in the indicator. The "Total:" field shows the total distance measured. The "Segment:" field shows the distance of the current segment being drawn.

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To find a distance between two points, place the pointer on the starting point and left click once. Then move the pointer to the next point and left click once again. A red line will appear between the two points and the distance between them will appear in the "Total:" field on the distance indicator. You will notice that the distance in the "Segment:" field changes as you move the mouse. The "Segment:" field measures the distance from the last point on the route you've drawn to wherever the pointer is at the moment.

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You can stop here if you're done or you can add segments to the line you've started. To continue drawing the same line, add segments by left clicking on points along the route you're measuring. As you add segments, the total distance will be updated in the "Total" field on the distance indicator.


Other Tools

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Clicking on the PREVIOUS VIEW button will return you to the last map you displayed.

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Clicking the View Entire State button makes the map zoom out to show the entire state of New York.

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The SEARCH button opens a dialogue box that allows you to specify search criteria for the Navigator. The top part of the search dialogue allows you to choose the category of information you wish to search on. The bottom section will change depending on which category you choose.

Enter the information required in the fields in the lower section and click "Find." The Navigator will perform the search and return the information in the text area below the main map.

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The CLEAR button clears items selected with the identify or search functions.

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The PRINT button opens a dialogue at the bottom of the page that gives directions for printing the current map.

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Click the HELP button to access the help pages anytime.

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