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Add the ability to Search your data (network or SDE) by drawing a box on a map


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  • In ArcGIS 10 new search functionality was added, but it only allows text search.  In a GIS platform I would have expected a geographical search function.  I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to just search an area to see what I had in my database.


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    Posted by   begnitz  to ArcGIS DesktopDefense and IntelligencePublic Safety May 7, 2010
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Filter datas on folder by perimeter
Posted by  RodrigoGaiago  to ArcGIS Desktop Apr 12, 2011
Search by Geography
Posted by  marcsimon  to ArcGIS Desktop Sep 1, 2011

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Feb 15, 2012
This functionality is available at 10.1. When you enable spatial search at 10.1, the search results are tied to the current visible extents of your map. As you zoom/pan your map, the search results get updated to show the relevant data within (or overlapping) your current visible extents.

Sep 18, 2010
At ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 there was a Search Tool in ArcCatalog which had a Geography tab on its dialog.

This is described at

At ArcGIS Desktop 10, there is no longer a Search Tool in ArcCatalog. Many of its functions have moved to the new Search Window of ArcMap (and ArcCatalog) but the Search By Geography functionality (which let you draw a box on a map to find data) seems to have been lost in that translation.

Can something like the old Search By Geography functionality be made available again within ArcGIS Desktop 10, please?

There is also a discussion thread about this at but it currently has no replies.



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