Now with this latest version of the map tools, you can DRAW ANY SHAPE and identify what’s there! Here are the simple steps:
- Click the “Selection Tools” button on the left side of the map
- Select the shape you want to draw (line, custom polygon or rectangle) in the upper left corner
- Draw any shape on the map and double-click the map when you’re done
Here’s an example in which I drew a polygon to report on ZIP Codes around Sioux City, Iowa:
See that “Results” box that pops up over the map window? It reports ALL of the features that the shape you drew touches. So in this example, we have all of the ZIP Codes that my drawn polygon touches.
These new selection tools work on all of the map tools to select the appropriate main topic of the tool: counties, ZIP Codes, cities, Section Township and Range, historical U.S. counties, Time Zones, and Area Codes.
Copy the Results into another program
If you have some sort of a database, spreadsheet or document, you can easily paste the list of ZIP Codes into that other program. After you finish drawing, your results appear below the map, and there is a Copy button that enables you to copy the results to your clipboard for easy pasting into other applications.
When you’re done selecting, just click the “DONE Selecting” button on the left side of the map.
Have fun with these powerful new drawing and reporting tools!