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Every connection is a new opportunity™

The MapInfo Professional
Introducing “The MapInfo Professional”
A journal full of Tips, tricks and advice for MapInfo Professional Users!
“The MapInfo Professional” is an online monthly journal designed to help MapInfo Professional users get the most
from the software. The following are examples of what you can expect if you sign up to receive the journal.
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Tom Probert, Editor

Easy tip - Check out the free video tutorials!

Featured Link:
Each issue of the journal will
include one or more a
featured links to a useful

The first tip we want to share is a link to a whole host of video tutorials. So
don’t think of it as just one tip but a link to a lot of help to learn how to use
different aspects of MapInfo Professional.
Tutorials are available in English, French, German and Spanish


Rummaging in the Toolbox ...

Quick Tip
In the map window, if you are
using the cross-hair cursor (such
as with the ‘Info’ tool, you can
switch between 3 different
cusrsor styles. Press the “x” key
on the keyboard.

Find the tools to help you do more!
Did you know that MapInfo Professional includes a host of tools and utilities
to help you to get more done? To find these, click on Tools > Tool Manager.
In each full issue of the journal, we will highlight one of the tools or utilities in

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Every connection is a new opportunity™ The MapInfo Professional Something a bit more advanced. especially label expressions in MapInfo Professional. This will be used in a clever way to ensure only certain records in a table are labelled. neurologists. Left$ ( Str$ ( COLUMN_NAME ) . One workaround to this is to create a selection from the table with the desired items to be labelled. Int (COLUMN_NAME = “GP” ) * Len ( Str$ (COLUMN_NAME ))) We hope you find the examples on this page useful. Therefore. the following expression will avoid labelling any value that is zero: Left$ ( Str$ (COLUMN_NAME ) . to label only the GPs. Int (COLUMN_NAME > 50000 ) * Len ( Str$ (COLUMN_NAME ))) 2) Given a character column containing classified data (“type” data). You can add this selection to the map window and turn labels on for it. Int (COLUMN_NAME > 0 ) * Len ( Str$ (COLUMN_NAME ) ) ) A numeric column The trick to this is that this evaluation will result in a value of either zero or one and this is multiplied by the result of the Len() function. If it is one then a label is created. Int (COLUMN_NAME <> “GP” ) * Len ( Str$ (COLUMN_NAME ))) 3) Finally. This basic technique can be used in a number of different ways. just change the <> expression to = Left$ ( Str$ ( COLUMN_NAME ) .. Using conditions in labelling To understand this tip it is helpful if you have some knowledge of creating labels. Left$ ( Str$ ( COLUMN_NAME ) . etc. The following are some examples: Given a column containing numeric values.. http://www. there is another way! Another possibility is to use a label expression that incorporates a condition within the Int() function. paediatricians. For more. The Int() function returns an integer. you could avoid the labelling of one of the types. Here are some more examples: 1) The following expression will label any value above 50000. The following expression will label all of the different types except for (c) 2012 Pitney Bowes Software . if the result is zero then there will be no label because the number of characters to return will be zero.pbsoftware. in the above example. please be sure to sign up to receive “The MapInfo Professional” monthly journal. Let’s say a set of points represents different types of medical practices. given a number. cardiologists. MapInfo Professional does not provide a direct way to label only certain records in a table. The types are GPs. However.