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Map Customization

Set the outer limits of the map, display meridians and parallels, add annotations, use basemaps


framemToggle and control display of map frame
gridmToggle and control display of graticule lines
tightmapRemove white space around map
axesscaleResize axes for equivalent scale
mlabelToggle and control display of meridian labels
mlabelzero22piConvert meridian labels to 0-360 degree range
northarrowAdd graphic element pointing to geographic North Pole
plabelToggle and control display of parallel labels
rotatetextRotate text to projected graticule
scalerulerAdd or modify graphic scale on map axes
textmProject text annotation on map axes
geobasemapSet or query basemap
readBasemapImageRead image from geographic basemap
addCustomBasemapAdd custom basemap
removeCustomBasemapRemove custom basemap
addToolbarMapButtonAdd map button to toolbar
removeToolbarMapButtonRemove map button from toolbar


Map Display

  • The Map Frame
    A map frame is the outline of the limits of a map. The shape of the frame is characteristic of the projection.
  • Map and Frame Limits
    The map latitude and longitude limits define the extents of geodata to be displayed. The frame limits control how the frame fits around the displayed data.
  • Map Limit Properties
    Map limits have properties that provide a convenient and intuitive way to specify your map projection origin and frame limits. Learn how to set these properties, and when you should avoid the properties.
  • The Map Grid
    The map grid is the display of meridians and parallels. The spacing and curvature of the grid lines are characteristic of the projection.
  • Set Background Colors for Map Displays
    You can set the background of maps to white, or to a custom color by specifying a color triplet. You can change the default map background color.
  • Scale Maps for Printing
    To ensure your map can be printed correctly, you can specify the ratio between distances on a map and length on a sheet of paper.

Map Annotations