If you’re a frequent user of GIS, you’ve probably encountered a few situations where you need to see a large number of layers, but only need to access the data for one or two of them. If you’ve ever wondered how to narrow down what results you’ll bring back when using identify tools, then you’re in the right place!
For this example, I’ve got a section of road where I want to see all utilities, but only want to see detailed Sanitary Structure data.
Identifying this section (below) results in a long list of results which include the Sanitary Structures that we’re looking for, but it’s buried under Parcel, Storm, and Water data.
To limit the Identify tool’s results, we’ll select which layers should be identifiable by clicking the “Identifiable Layers” menu icon after choosing an Identify Tool. If you have multiple toolbar tabs, be sure that you’re on the first tab in order to see these additional menus.
After clicking “Identifiable Layers”, a side-panel will pop up where layers to identify can be chosen. For this example, we only want to identify Sanitary Structures, so I clicked the “Clear All” button, then checked the Sanitary Structure checkbox.Identifying the same area again leaves a much shorter Results list (below). The identifiable layers will save their setting until you close the map, or reset them by clicking “Select All” next to the “Clear All” button shown earlier. Try out this new feature, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like us to walk you through its use!