Creating a simple map series

The Build Simple Map Series wizard guides you through the properties necessary to set up a basic map series. These properties include the map series name, storage options, page layout, and the data frame manager properties for scale and extent. Once the properties are defined for the map series, the map sheets are created and listed in the MPS Atlas window.

The main difference between this wizard and the Build Map Series wizard is that it sets several of the properties to default settings during the map series creation process. However, once the map sheets are created and appear in the MPS Atlas window, you can access these properties through the Data Frame Manager properties.

The wizard is half the length of the more comprehensive Build Map Series wizard and follows the same sequence of events for naming the map series, choosing the data source for the AOI, choosing the data for the map series, choosing a storage method, and configuring the map sheet properties. Setting the scale and extent for the data frame is the last part of the wizard.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > MPS Atlas.
  3. Click the MPS Atlas window button MPS Atlas window on the MPS Atlas toolbar.

    The MPS Atlas window appears.

  4. Right-click in the MPS Atlas window and click Build Simple Map Series.

    The Name dialog box appears.

    Name dialog box
  5. Type a name for your map series in the text box.
  6. Click Next.

    The Select Area Of Interest dialog box appears.

    Select Area Of Interest dialog box with the Data Frame Visible Extent option
  7. Choose the area of interest you want to use.
  8. Click Next.

    The Storage dialog box appears.

    Storage dialog box Current Map Document option
  9. Choose the storage method to be used with your map series.
  10. Click Next.

    The Map Sheet Properties dialog box appears.

    Map Sheet Properties dialog box
  11. Define the map sheet properties.
  12. Click Next.

    The Scale and Extent dialog box appears.

    Scale and Extent dialog box with the Do Not Calculate Scale or Extent option
  13. Choose an option for scaling and the data frame extent.
  14. Click Finish when you are done.

    The map series is generated and appears in the MPS Atlas window.