Finding a place

The place finding service looks for commas to denote substrings in a search. If you do not use commas, the whole string is interpreted as the place-name.

Strings separated by commas after the first string are used to help narrow the search in other fields of the database. Below are three scenarios for a search:



Simple search for a city name


Search for a city and state

Boise, Idaho

Search for a city, state, and country

Boise, Idaho, US

Each additional substring further restricts the search. If one of the substrings is not listed with the main search term in the database, the request does not return a match.


An Internet connection is needed to find a place.

  1. On the Data toolbar, click the Find button Find button.
  2. Click the Places tab.
  3. Choose a service from the Services drop-down list.
  4. In the Place text box, type the name of a place.
  5. Choose a place type to limit your search to a specific type of place. The place type list is provided by the service, and some services do not support place types.
  6. Set the Candidate value to the number of places to display that meets your criteria.
  7. Use the Search drop-down list to limit your search spatially. You can search the full extent of the data in your map or the current visible extent.
  8. Click Find.
  9. Right-click a found place to flash, zoom to, or pan to the place.
  1. All ArcReader users have access to the place finder service.
  2. When viewing 2D maps, Search Full Extent limits its query to the envelope extent of the data used in the map. For 3D maps, the entire globe is searched.

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Published 6/8/2010