GeoData Help

Please make help document suggestions, to aid us to make this a better search site over time. You can also ask questions / give helpful tips and / or make constructive comments that we can then in turn implement and share with our other online customers.

This is a good place to look for Answers / Help pages from GeoData on how to best use our new Online Maps.

Search for key words like layout or tool and look at archived posts to see topics of interest. We have posted some basic help topics to get you started. These topics will be expanded, get refined and get added to over time.

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Create a Mapping Shortcut

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You can create a mapping shortcut by saving your map to ‘Favorites’ in your browser. This will save the data layers you have turned on and your location on the map.

To creating the mapping shortcut, open the map viewer you are interested in and click on the Layers tab as indicated in snapshot:

Zoom into the area you are interested in and turn on the layers you would like displayed on the map:

Now select the ‘Maps & Layers’ tab and ‘Add To Favorites’:

Give your shortcut a name you can easily find in you shortcuts browser list:

Now any time you open your browser you can open the mapping shortcut from your browser’s favorites list and the map will open with the saved layers and extent:

Please Note: The location of ‘favorites’ depends on the browser you are using, but every browser has a favorites option. Drawings on the map will not be saved.

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Allow Pop-Ups (Enables Functionality of Map Viewer Features Such as “View in a Different Map”)

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If you are trying to perform a task in a map viewer and it does not work, it is likely because you have not set our mapping site up as an allowable pop-up site in your specific browser.

For example, when you choose “View in a Different Map” a new browser tab should open that loads the new viewer. We are finding that people with pop-up blockers in their browsers are not getting the new tab and the browser isn’t always telling them that a pop-up has been blocked.

Here are some of the different browser fixes for this issue in our most popular browsers:
Chrome | Internet Explorer | Safari | Edge | Firefox

Chrome
There is a small icon that will appear in the URL bar:

Click on the icon. This should open a small window asking if you want to allow pop-ups from our site. Click “Always allow…” and done:

Try selecting “View in a Different Map” to confirm functionality.

Internet Explorer
A bar should appear near the bottom of the browser window:

Click on “Options for this site” and “Always allow”. Try selecting “View in a Different Map” to confirm functionality.

Safari
This browser does not give a pop-up warning, so the new tab or site will just not open when you click on a pop-up link.

With Safari, you don’t have the option to filter out which sites are OK for pop-up and which are not. Either you have ‘allow pop-ups’ turned on or off. In our case we would need this to be set so you can see pop-ups:

Make sure Block pop-up windows in unchecked. Try selecting “View in a Different Map” to confirm functionality.

Edge
A bar should appear near the bottom of the browser window:

Click on “Options for this site” and “Always allow”. Try selecting “View in a Different Map” to confirm functionality.

Firefox
You get a warning at the top of the browser page:

Click on Options

Try selecting “View in a Different Map” to confirm functionality.

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View in a Different Map

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To switch to a different map, click on the View in a Different Map button and chose which map you would like to view.

In this case I chose Permitting Map as it may have a layer that is not available in the Property map.

The Permitting Map now opens in a new tab or window, zoomed into the same area that it was zoomed into on the Property map.

Please Note:
If link is not opening when you select another map, you may have pop-ups blocking site. Please see this post on how to fix pop-up issues in your browser for the most commonly used browsers on our site pages

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How to Turn on Parcel Labels

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Note: Parcels do not show up unless you are zoomed in on the map.

To turn on parcel labels, click the Layers tab:

Click the checkbox for Label – Parcel Number:

Since this is a toggle button, you can just click it again to turn the labels off.

You can also choose to label parcels by Owner Name, Site Address, or All Three (Parcel Number + Owner Name + Site Address).

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Custom Draw Style

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Find a Data Layer

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How to Link to the New Website with a Parcel Number From Your Website Via a URL Link

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URL link to Map

Example url link to parcel 46830001501:
https://map.co.thurston.wa.us/Html5Viewer/index.html?viewer=Parcels.Main&run=FindParcelsByIDs&pids=46830001501

URL link to Parcel Summary Page

Example url link to parcel 46830001501:
https://www.geodata.org/parcelinfo/details.ext.html?id=46830001501

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How to Make Layers Transparent

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By default most of the layers are not transparent. If you display multiple layers, one layer might obscure the others. Additionally, layers may obscure the base map. You can adjust the transparency of the visible layers by moving the transparency slider. The transparency applies to all visible layers in that group.

  1. Locate the Layer List in the Left Panel.
  2. Find the Transparency Slider next to the layer group you wish to change.
  3. Slide the bar to the left to make the layers in that group transparent or to the right to the make them less transparent.
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How to Share a Map With Others

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On the Home Tab of your Toolbar, in the Basic Tools Group, click on the Share Tool

This will open a popup of media options:

For example, if you would like to email a map, select the email icon. This will open your default email program with the URL link to the map populated in your email message:

When the recipient receives your email, they can click on the link to launch the map zoomed into the area that you wanted to share with them.

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