MapInfo Basic Functions

Professor Dr. Alias Abdullah Department of Urban and Regional Planning KAED, IIUM (Hands-on 2) ----------------------------------------------------Tutor: Mr. Muhammad Nur Azraei
Madives, 2005

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia

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International Islamic University Malaysia 2 . Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. Department of Urban and Regional Planning.Starting MapInfo Double click on the MapInfo icon or run MapInfo from the Windows Start menu.

You can select one of the button/function and click ‘OK’: ‘Restore Previous Version’ means to open the previous data file or work.Starting MapInfo MapInfo will display the ‘Quick Start’ window. International Islamic University Malaysia 3 . Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. ‘Open A Workspace’ – to open any workspace available. Department of Urban and Regional Planning. ‘Open Last Used Workspace’ – to open a preset workspace with layers opened. MapInfo will display the ‘Quick Start’ window. Or click ‘Cancel’ button so that you can open a file from the pull down ‘File’ menu. ‘Open A Table’ – to open an existing table or layer.

The MapInfo GUI After you open a data file MapInfo will display it in the Map Window and its data is kept in the Browser Window. Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. Menu Bar Title Bar Button Pads Map Window Browser Window Status Bar Record (Attributes) 4 Department of Urban and Regional Planning. International Islamic University Malaysia .

International Islamic University Malaysia 5 . Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design.MapInfo Icons & Menu Functions Standard Button Pad New Table save Table Cut Copy Undo New Map Window New Layout Window Help Open Table Print Windows Paste New Browser window New Graph Window New Redistricted Window Tool Button Pad Display MapBasic Window Run MapBasic Program Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. International Islamic University Malaysia 6 .MapInfo Icons & Menu Functions Main Button Pad Arrow Select Radius Select Zoom-In Change View Info Drag Map Window Layer Control Display Legend Set Target District Clip Region On/Off Assign Selected Regions Set Clip Region Region Style Text Style Rectangle Select symbol Region Select Polyline Zoom-out Grabber Hand Label Ruler Display Statistic Region Rectangle Text Reshape Symbol Style Line Arc Ellipse Rounded Rectangle Frame Add Node Line style Drawing Button Pad Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Some examples are stated below: Additional Tools Drop Lines Connect Lines or Polylines Join Lines Break Polyline Join Polygons Split Polygon Draw Grid Update Date in Grid Create Like Polygon Trim/Extend to Line Combine Objects Overlay Tables Intersect lines Parallel Lines Bearing & Distance Reshape Reduce No. of Objects Thin Adjoining Polygons Copy Object Move Object Perpendicular Lines Department of Urban and Regional Planning. International Islamic University Malaysia 7 . Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design.MapInfo Icons & Menu Functions MapInfo can also perform additional functions through its MapBasic program.

International Islamic University Malaysia 8 . create a new folder called ‘GIS_EX1’ Then copy necessary data or file (to be given in the class) into the ‘GIS_EX1’ folder From the MapInfo ‘FILE’ pull-down menu select ‘Open Table…’ or click Open Table icon. Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design.Opening A Data File Before you start learning to open a file you are required to do the following: At a desktop of your PC. The Open Table window will be displayed as follows: Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

International Islamic University Malaysia 9 . Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. observe the following: Under the ‘Files of Type:’ there are eight choices of displaying the data file. Note: from here the lecturer will do the hands-on Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Also there are five preferred view that you can select for displaying a data.Opening A Data File Before selecting a file.

Department of Urban and Regional Planning. ‘Save Copy As’.Saving A Data File (Work) Any works done in MapInfo can be saved by using the following commands: ‘Save Table’. ‘Save Workspace’ & ‘Save Window As’. ‘Save Query’. You will see that it has a ‘Non-Earth’ category and ‘Non-Earth (meters)’ category members. Click on the ‘Projection…’ button to observe its projection. (Note: Students should try each command) Since this is not a new file therefore use the command ‘Save Copy of Table As’ and name the file ‘< ????????? >’. Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. Click ‘OK’ button to accept the default setting and click ‘Save’ button. International Islamic University Malaysia 10 .

You are also required to observe the ‘Non-Earth’ projection which does not have ‘chains’ and/or ‘meters’ projections. You can also copy another projection file that already has the Malaysian projection by dragging it to the present location. Department of Urban and Regional Planning. You can amend the file by typing in the necessary data or commands.Other Essential Settings In order to use MapInfo map’s projection efficiently (in particular the Malaysian map’s projection) it is advisable to check the projection file that located in the MapInfo Program directory. Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. Double click on it and it will open the file. Start ‘Windows Explorer’ and search the file name ‘MAPINFOW.PRJ’ in the MapInfo Program directory. You will find that it does not has a Malaysian projection. International Islamic University Malaysia 11 .

Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design.prj file: Department of Urban and Regional Planning. International Islamic University Malaysia 12 .Other Essential Settings Content of the MapInfow.

Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. International Islamic University Malaysia 13 .We have Learned: Starting MapInfo The MapInfo GUI MapInfo icons and menu functions Opening a data file Saving a data file Other essential settings Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

cfm?produc tcategoryid=1 Department of Urban and Regional Planning. http://extranet. Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design. Onward Press MapInfo web sites: http://gw. International Islamic University Malaysia 14 .5: User Guide Angela Whitener.References: MapInfo Corporation (2006).net/?T4KU3UWIZA. Inside MapInfo Professional. MapInfo Professional 8.com/products/products_index.vtrenz.mapinfo. (1999). et-al.

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