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Using the Measurement  

The measurement tool allows you to measure distance and area by drawing a point, line or polygon on the map and specifying the unit of measure.  There are two measure tools available.  The Area and Distance measure tools can be changed to the following units of measure:  acres, square miles, square kilometers, hectares, square yards, square feet, and square meters.   Follow the steps below to use the measure tools.

Measurement Tool

Measure Distance

Measure Distance Icon

Measure Area

Measure Area icon


Measuring distance and areas 

1.Select the measurement (Measurement Tool) tool on the map toolbar.

2.Select the Measure Area button to measure a polygon or the measure distance button to measure a line.

3.Use the drop down menu to select the desired unit of measure.

4.Click or tap the map at the location where you want to start measuring.

5.Move the pointer to the next point that you want to measure and click or tap. If you would like to measure along the curve of a line, click or tap along the line to add points.

6.Double-click or double tap when you want to end the line or polygon.

7.The measurement will appear in the Measurement Result area.

8.To clear the result click or tap a different button than the one that is selected or re-click the selected measurement icon.