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Use maps, scenes, and apps

ArcGIS Enterprise allows you to explore, understand, measure, and discover patterns in your geographic data. The following sections summarize how you can use maps, scenes, and apps in an ArcGIS Enterprise portal.


Your access to functionality depends on privileges granted to you through role membership, which is configured by the portal administrator.

Using maps

You can explore, analyze, edit, and collect data using maps.

View data in maps

The interactive maps in ArcGIS allow you to explore, visualize, and understand your organization's data in 2D. Data-viewing tools such as pop-ups, legends, filters, and transparency allow you to focus on the data that's important to you.

Learn more about viewing maps

Visualize time

If you see a time slider at the bottom of a map, it means that map includes one or more temporal layers, and you can play the map to see how the information changes over time.

Learn more about viewing time

Measure and view coordinates

Measure the area of a polygon, the length of a line, or find the coordinates of a point.

Learn more about measuring

Get directions

Direction options include return to start and optimize the order. Once you get directions, you can zoom to the full route, and print the directions. If your role allows, you can perform analysis on the route.

Learn more about getting directions

Edit features in maps

You may need to provide input about feature data available in the portal. For example, you may need to contribute attribute information or attach media files such as photographs, audio files, and video files, to specific features. Map authors can include a feature layer that you can edit in a map they share with you, or you can add an editable feature layer to Map Viewer Classic to perform the edits you need.

Learn more about editing features

Collect data in the field

You can create a map containing editable feature layers to be taken offline. You and other users can download the map to a smartphone or table to collect and update information in the field, log your current location, and put data you capture to work so you can make more informed and timely decisions.

Learn more about collecting data in the field

Perform analysis

Maps allow you to find patterns, assess trends, and make decisions. But many patterns and relationships aren't obvious just by looking at a map. Analysis tools allow you to quantify patterns and relationships in the data and display the results as maps, tables, and charts. Analysis tools available in Map Viewer Classic allow you to answer questions and make important decisions using more than a visual analysis.

Learn more about analysis

Using scenes

Use Scene Viewer with a desktop web browser to explore symbolized geospatial content. Scenes can include a collection of 2D and 3D layers, styles, and configurations that allow you to visualize and analyze geographic information in an intuitive and interactive 3D environment.

Learn more about viewing scenes

Using apps

ArcGIS includes a wide range of apps that help you interact with the maps and data in your organization. You can use out-of-the-box Esri apps or create your own using templates or ArcGIS Web AppBuilder.

Some of the Esri apps that are licensed and accessed through the portal website and other custom applications are available in the app launcher.

Click the Apps button Apps in the header of the portal website to see the apps available to you. You can access the following from the app launcher:

  • Apps for which you have a license
  • Web apps the portal administrator has added to the app launcher and have been shared with you

When you click an app in the app launcher, the app opens in a new browser tab.


Apps recently added by the portal administrator are marked with a green dot.

You can change the order of apps in the app launcher by dragging the icons to different locations in the app launcher window. If you have access to more apps than you use frequently, click Show More at the bottom of the window and drag some apps to the secondary area. Use this area for apps you use less frequently, as they are hidden from view when you open the app launcher.

In some cases, an app you could previously access is no longer accessible from your app launcher gallery. When this occurs, the unavailable app displays an empty gray box with an x in the corner. To remove an unavailable app from your app launcher gallery, click the x on the app. This can occur for any of the following reasons:

  • Your portal administrator has removed the app from the app launcher.
  • The app is no longer shared with you.
  • The app owner or administrator deleted the app item.
  • Your app license was revoked.
  • The Esri app product name has been updated.
If you believe you should have access to an app that is no longer available in your app launcher gallery, contact your portal administrator.