Explore the map

Using the Toolbar

The toolbar allows you to interact with the map by clicking on the map with a tool. For example, if you click in the toolbar on the Zoom In tool, then click on the map, the map will zoom in around where you click.

You can also interact with the map using the keyboard. Also see Using the mouse for tips on using the mouse to interact with the map.

To use a tool


Tools control the operation of the mouse cursor. A tool remains in control until a different tool is selected. Tools require the user to click on the map before any operation occurs.

Name Icon Description
Pan (recenter) Pan tool Click and drag the map: Click and hold the left mouse button on the map, and drag the map. The map will be recentered, with the location dragged at the location you dropped it.
Zoom in Zoom in tool Click and drag a rectangle: Click and hold the left mouse button down on the map at one corner of the rectangle to zoom in to. Drag the mouse to the other corner of the rectangle, and release the mouse button. The map will zoom in to the area of the rectangle.
Zoom out Zoom out tool Click and drag a rectangle: the map will zoom out so that the current map area will fit into the rectangle drawn. The smaller the rectangle you draw, the more the map will zoom out.
Identify Identify tool Click to identify: Click with the left mouse button on the map. A small icon is added to the map identify icon and the Location is added to the section in the Console. See Results for how to use the identification information.
Mark up & Measure Measure tool Draw graphics & Measure location, distance, area
Street level Measure tool Click for Street level view: Click with the left mouse button on the map. A small icon is added to the map  and a new window pops up with Google's Street level map.


Commands are one time operations that do not affect the function of the mouse.

Name Icon Description
Table of Contents Full map extent Toggle Table of Contents: Turn feature layers off and on, select street or aerial background, adjust transparency.
Search Search Find features: Locate an address or find a feature by name.
Overview Map Full map extent Toggle Map Overview: Show current extent of map being displayed.
Magnifier Magnifier tool Toggle magnifier window off/on:  Click on and drag the magnifying glass around the map.
Full extent Full map extent Full extent: Zooms the map out so that the whole city is visible. The active tool does not change.
Previous extent Magnifier tool Return to previous extent: Go back to the area you were looking at last.
Common Maps map Commonly used maps: Select from a list of commonly used maps.
Points of Interest poi Zoom to a Point of Interest: Select from a list of popular destintations and zoom in to it.
Mark up & Measure map Toggle Mark up & Measure window:: Draw your own points, lines, and polygons on the map.
Export map poi Export and print your map: Export your map to PDF, print it, or save it to your local disk.
About map Toggle about window: Display information about this website.
Links poi Links: List of links for Feedback and other Frisco websites.