Data Driven Pages


A quick way to automate making multiple maps covering a large area is through Data Driven Pages. Whether you are trying to follow a road, or if you want to grid an area and show sections on individual maps, there are ways to automate this in ArcGIS so that you have a consistent maps.

There are multiple ways to use Data Driven pages for automated map production.

I have outlined 3 different scenarios where you may find it easier to create maps using data driven pages than individually

Following a Line Feature

1. Search for the ‘Strip Map Index Feature’ Tool in the Search Window
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2. Set tool parameters
Layer = Line you would like to follow
Length = the page dimensions you would like to be displayed
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This creates a polygon feature class according to the parameters set in the tool
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3. Turn on the ‘Data Driven Pages’ toolbar in the ‘Customise >> Toolbars’ menu
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4. Select ‘Data Driven Page Setup’ on the ‘Data Driven Pages’ toolbar
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5. Select ‘Enable Data Driven Pages’
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6. Input Parameters for your Data Driven Pages setup
Layer = Layer Created by Strip Map index
Rotation = Field in layer called ‘Angle’
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You are able to turn the layer off if you do not want this displayed in the maps. Data Driven Pages will still follow the layer as per the setup parameters you have chosen
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Grid an Area of Interest

1. Search for the ‘Grid Index Features’ Tool in the Search Window
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2. Set tool parameters
Input Features = Extent of features you want covered by the grid
Length = the page dimensions you would like to be displayed
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This creates a polygon feature class according to the parameters set in the tool
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3. Turn on the ‘Data Driven Pages’ toolbar in the ‘Customise >> Toolbars’ menu
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4. Select ‘Data Driven Page Setup’ on the ‘Data Driven Pages’ toolbar
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5. Select ‘Enable Data Driven Pages’
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6. Input Parameters for your Data Driven Pages setup
Layer = Layer Created by Strip Map index
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You are able to turn the layer off if you do not want this displayed in the maps. Data Driven Pages will still follow the layer as per the setup parameters you have chosen
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Individual Features

1. Turn on the ‘Data Driven Pages’ toolbar in the ‘Customise >> Toolbars’ menu
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2. Select ‘Data Driven Page Setup’ on the ‘Data Driven Pages’ toolbar
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3. Select ‘Enable Data Driven Pages’
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4. Input Parameters for your Data Driven Pages setup
Layer = Polygon Layer to display
Sort Field = Identifying field in polygon attribute table (This example shows suburb names in Canberra)
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If you want to turn off surrounding polygons, please see the below workflow

1. Prior to beginning, duplicate the polygon layer (Copy & Paste into data frame)
Rename new layer to “Mask”
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2. Select ‘Data Driven Page Setup’ on the ‘Data Driven Pages’ toolbar
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3. Select ‘Enable Data Driven Pages’
Layer = Mask
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4. Right click your original Polygon layer and navigate to ‘Properties’
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5. Select ‘Definition Query’ tab
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6. Select ‘Page Definition’
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7. Set ‘Page Definition’ Parameters

  • Check ‘Enable’
  • Page Name Field = Name field in ‘Dat Driven Pages Setup’
  • Select to show features that ‘Match’ or ‘Don’t Match’
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8. The settings above, will show only the polygon with the matching suburb name
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