Limits Page

The Limits page in the plot properties lets you define the X and Y minimum and maximum map coordinates (specified as xMin, xMax, yMin, and yMax values).


When a map is created, the limits are automatically defined by the coordinate values contained in the file used to create the map. The limits of the selected map can be adjusted on the Limits page of the plot properties.



The map limits of the map are set to the default limits as defined by the base map.
The limits of a smaller area of interest are indicated with the dashed rectangle.


The map limits of the map have been
adjusted to the limits of the area of interest.



Limits and Map Scale

When new map limits are defined for a map, the map scale is not changed. For example, if the map uses a scaling of 1 inch = 1000 meters, the new map uses this same scale. This can result in maps much smaller or larger than the original map. In this case, click on the map and set the new scale on the Scale page.


Limits and Prism Maps

Prism maps are not clipped by the limits.


Limits and Post Maps

Limits can be set on post maps or maps containing a post map layer. When a posted point lies outside the map limits, the posted symbol and the label are clipped from the map. When a posted point is inside the map limits, the entire symbol and posted label are printed.


If the posted point is inside the map limits but the label and/or symbol extend beyond the map limits, the label or symbol portion outside the map limits is clipped. Use the Edit labels tool in the layer properties Post page to move the label within the map limits.


Limits, Scale, and Adding Map Layers

When a new map layer is added to an existing map or a modified map layer exceeds the current map limits, a message appears prompting you to adjust the map limits to include all the layers. Select Yes to adjust the map limits. Select No to preserve the current map limits.


The Limits Page

The Limits page is located in the plot properties.


Specify the map limits in the

Property Manager on the Limits page.



The Method property determines if the limits are set by the map or user. Select Use map limits to use the entire map limits. Select Specify limits to use user defined limits by typing in the Limits (Units) section below.


Limits XY Min and Max

Set custom xMin, xMax, yMin, and yMax map limits in the Limits (Units) group. The units in parenthesis are the Coordinate display units on the Units page.


Map limits can be set larger or smaller than the limits of the current map. For example, if you have a map that ranges from zero to 100 in the X dimension, but you only want to display the map from 25 to 50 in the X dimension, use 25 and 50 as the new minimum and maximum values on the Limits page.


When using date/time formats for any of the axis labels, the minimum and maximum on the Limits tab are entered in date/time format. To change the value, highlight the existing value and enter the minimum or maximum date/time value. For instance, 02/02/2014 12:00:00 AM can be entered into the xMin option.


This example shows a map with

xMin and xMax values in date/time format.


Original Map Limits

To return to the original map limits, choose the Use map limits method in the Limits page.


See Also

Scale Page

Units Page

Target Coordinate System - Map

Plot Properties