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How To: Import custom scales into ArcMap to quickly zoom to ArcGIS Online scale levels

Summary

When viewing ArcGIS Online services in ArcMap, the layers are best viewed at the scales at which the services were cached.

The scale levels for ArcGIS Online services are selected to prevent overlapping tiles at the international date line. This results in scale values that are not round.

Instructions provided describe how to import a list of customized scales into ArcMap that correspond to the ArcGIS Online scale levels to make it easier to quickly zoom to appropriate scales.

Procedure

  1. Copy the following list of scale levels into a text file.

    4508.000000
    9017.000000
    18035.000000
    36071.000000
    72142.000000
    144285.000000
    288571.000000
    577143.000000
    1154287.000000
    2308574.000000
    4617149.000000
    9234299.000000
    18468599.000000
    36937199.000000
    73874399.000000
    147748799.000000
  2. Click Customize from the scale drop-down list in ArcMap.
  3. Click Load and browse to the text file created in step 1.