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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro by Ryan Malhoski, Amy Rock

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Adding map elements

An important element in any map is an understanding of scale, to provide readers with a sense of the scope of the map, as well as provide a measurement tool if needed. We have created maps at two different scales, but it is generally not necessary to provide a scale for locator maps, so we'll just create one for the more detailed US Counties map. The scale bar tool generates a scale for whichever map frame is selected, but don't worry if you've accidentally started the process with the wrong frame selected, as ArcGIS Pro makes it easy to switch frames after the scale bar is inserted.

To make sure you are inserting the scale bar for the correct map, click on the US Counties frame to select it:

  1. Click Insert|Scale Bar. Under ...

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