2This tutorial only shows the most basic functioning of ArcMap. For further information about ArcMap, goto
Help-ArcGIS Desktop Help - Contents tab - ArcMap
.A note about storing saved files from this tutorial or other work for your classes. The "map" files you willbe saving in this tutorial and in most of your GIS work are very small files with pointers to the data sets.The mapfile does not contain the actual data, so if the data files are moved or deleted, your map file willnot find them and thus not display them – this can be corrected using the data repair function which wewill learn. As you work, you should save map files to your own file storage area.
Part 1 - Opening ArcMap and adding data layers
To start ArcMap, choose
(or the equivalent on yourcomputer). It will take a minute to start.
When the first dialog box comes up, make sure that you have selected to start with a
and press OK.
dialog box comes up, press
View - Toolbars
, and make sure that
are visible.Uncheck all the other toolbars for now. Toolbars used and moved around in one session willappear the same way the next time a session is opened, so your initial view of ArcMap may differdepending on which computer you are using and how it was left by the last user.
On the left side of the screen, you should see your
Table of Contents
area - right now it shouldonly say "Layers". If you do not see this separate area, choose
Window - Table of Contents
.Again, sometimes this gets turned off by a previous user.
This is the Standard Toolbar:
Click on the "
" sign () to add data to the view pane on the right (alternatively, choose
dialog box, navigate to the folder where you put the GIS Tutorial Data (Note: if you are adding data from a place
visible in the navigation box, e.g., a server or
,you can click on the
connect to folder
icon () and navigate to the location of that folder. Youcan get rid of connections by clicking on the connection and choosing the
Disconnect from Folder
You should see the GIS data folders for MassGIS and Somerville
folder and add data layers that are highlighted below (you can hold down theCTRL key and click on each layer in turn to select multiple layers, then press ADD or just click on