Setting a custom full extent for your data frame
Clicking the Full Extent button on the Tools toolbar zooms your map to show you all the data in your map. In one click, you can see everything in your map. Sometimes, though, clicking the Full Extent button zooms you out much further than desired. In these cases, you might like to set your own full extent.
For example, in a map of France, you might have layers that cover the world, and clicking Full Extent will zoom you out to the whole world.
You can specify a custom extent, such as France, as the full extent of your data frame. Then, when you click the Full Extent button, you are taken just to your area of interest.
Steps for setting a custom full extent
Each data frame can have its own custom full extent, which is set in the Data Frame Properties dialog box. Here are the steps:
- Right-click the Data Frame name in the table of contents and click Properties.
- Click the Data Frame tab.
- In the Extent Used by Full Extent Command section, click Other and click the Specify Extent button.
- This displays the Full Extent dialog box where you can set your custom extent. You can choose to
- Use the current extent of your data frame.
- Use the outline of features in a particular layer (and choose either all features or those that are visible).
- Type in your own coordinate values to define an extent.
A custom full extent can be saved as a property of your data frame and persists in the map document.