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A Brief Orientation

  • First - the browser buttons are not used! Do not use the "Refresh", "Forward", or "Back" buttons. Use only those included with the interactive map screen.

  • On the left side of the map project you find the toolbar from which you will pick and choose the function tools. A detailed description of the toolbar functions is available on the toolbar cheatsheet.

  • To zoom in to a certain area, click on and drag your mouse over the map area you would like to zoom in to. To zoom out, just click on and click your mouse on the map.

  • The center of the screen is the project's field of view, your workspace that will change as you perform different functions. The locus map at the upper left (if turned on) shows a red rectangle outlining where in the state your field of view is.

  • On the right side of the screen is the list of GIS data layers available in the map project. The default layers that appear the first time include the current eelgrass layers, state and town boundaries, and roads.

  • Any of the layers can be turned on or off by clicking on the next to its name under the column and hitting the button at the bottom of the layer list. A few data layers, due to the file size and extreme detail, are set to be scale dependent; that is, they will appear only when you zoom in to a certain level. They are noted in the list on the next page.

  • Next to the visible button column is the button column. If this is clicked, then the toolbar functions can be used on that one layer. That is, you are able to query, identify, find, or measure on that layer. Only one layer is able to be active at a time.

  • The map you created can easily be printed on your standard printer. Just click and the printing instructions will appear in the bottom window of your browser. Type in the title for your map and hit the . A layout will appear with the field of view, legend, and locus map. You can send it to your regular printer with your browser's "print" button...

  • ...or if you like, you can save your map layout as a ".jpg" or ".bmp" image. In the layout view, just click on your right mouse button and select "save picture as", then save it to your directory.