Create a Map Tutorial
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- Welcome to the 'Create a Map' tutorial.
- In this tutorial, we will show you how to create, view, and modify a map.
- Let's start with the Table View of the MEDIAN INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS table for all states in the U.S.
- You can create a map from most tables that contain two or more of the same geography type, for example, two or more states or two or more counties.
- For this example, we selected all states.
- To begin, click on the 'Create a Map' button.
- A message directs you to select a data value to map.
- To select Median Income (dollars) for households from the table, click on the hyperlinked data value.
- A popup window displays to confirm the data value you selected.
- Click 'Show Map.'
- The map displays.
- There are six main parts of the map:
- the Map Title;
- the Legend;
- the Map;
- the Actions toolbar;
- the Map tools;
- and the Modify the map options.
- Notice that the map title is displayed above the map.
- The geography is also listed: 'Geography: by State'.
- The legend shows the data class ranges and their colors.
- Each state on the map is shaded using one of the five colors in the data class range.
- You can change map colors and transparency, select boundaries and features to display, or
modify the number of data class ranges and classing methods, using the 'Modify the map…' options.
- To print, bookmark, or download the map, click a button on the Actions toolbar and follow the prompts to save your map for future use.
- To create a different map, click 'Create a Different Map'.
- Now, let's modify your map.
- If you want to zoom in on the state of Florida, click on Florida.
- By default, the 'zoom to state' option is selected.
- You may also use the zoom in or zoom out buttons, or the zoom selector to change the scale of the map.
- To move around on the map, use the 'pan' button, then click and drag the map in the direction you want to move.
- To view the name of a state and the data value, click on the 'Identify' button and then click on the state.
- To return to the default view, click on the 'zoom to full extent' button.
- This concludes the 'Create a Map' tutorial.
- In this tutorial, you learned how to create a map in American FactFinder.
- For more information, visit the 'Thematic Maps' help pages in American FactFinder Help.