Creating a centered extent overview diagram

In centered extent diagrams, the background data moves while the overview extent remains centered in the data frame. This type of overview diagram is useful for showing an extent of the surrounding area of the map sheet.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > MPS Atlas.
  3. After using the initial setup to set up your overview diagram, access the data frame manager properties by clicking the Show Data Frame Manager Properties button Show Data Frame Manager Properties on the MPS Atlas toolbar.

    The Properties dialog box appears.

  4. Click Add.

    The Select Data Frame dialog box appears.

  5. Click the Select Data Frame to Manage drop-down arrow and choose the data frame you have set up for your overview diagram.

    A new data frame manager appears in the Properties dialog box.

  6. Click to choose the data frame manager and click Properties.

    The Data Frame Manager Properties dialog box appears.

  7. Click the Data Frame Manager tab.
  8. Check the Recenter Map on Area Of Interest check box.
  9. Click the Dynamic Definition Query tab and choose the Feature Layer Definition Query option.
  10. Check the feature layer that is also being used for your map sheet area of interest (AOI).
  11. Click the Feature Layer Field Name and the Map Sheet Field Name drop-down arrows and choose for both the same attribute that you used for your map sheet area of interest.
  12. Click OK.

    The Properties dialog box appears.

  13. Click Sync to refresh your overview diagram with the Data Frame Manager changes you have just made.
  14. Click OK.

    You can also use an extent rectangle to display an AOI on an overview diagram.