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Disable editing (Map Viewer Classic)


A new Map Viewer is now available. The new Map Viewer was previously available as a separate beta installation but is now available in the portal automatically. Open it from the app launcher to get started. To learn more, see the new Map Viewer help documentation.

As the owner of a web map, you can disable editing for the editable feature layers in the map.

Disabling editing on the layer within a map is useful if you want to use an editable feature layer in a read-only map. You might also disable editing on a map to use it in one of the following apps that honor this setting:

  • Map Viewer
  • Map Viewer Classic
  • Apps created from the Edit template
  • ArcGIS Field Maps

The following steps disable editing for the layer in a single map in Map Viewer Classic. If you want to disable editing for the layer wherever it is used and you are the layer owner, modify the editor settings on the layer instead.

  1. Verify that you are signed in and open the map in Map Viewer Classic.
  2. Click Details and click Contents.
  3. Browse to the editable feature layer, click the More Options button More Options, and click Disable Editing.

    You must be the owner of the web map and have editing privileges to disable editing on the feature layer.

  4. Save the map.

When the map is used in one of the apps listed previously, the editing option will not be available for the feature layer.

If you later decide to enable editing for the layer in this map, click the More Options button More Options and click Enable Editing. You can only enable editing on a layer that already has editing enabled at the layer level.