Zoom to selected features using ArcObjects

Last Published: April 25, 2020


This article pertains to ArcGIS versions 8.x. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

In ArcMap you can zoom to the selected features for a layer by right-clicking the layer and selecting Selection > Zoom to Selected Features. This article shows how to do this task using VBA and ArcObjects.

Support for Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) for ArcMap and ArcCatalog ended with the ArcGIS 10.2.2 release, and Esri has not included VBA compatibility setups since version 10.5. See: ArcGIS Desktop and VBA Moving Forward


  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. Create a new UIButtonControl: How To: Create a new UIButtonControl​
For more information on creating a UIControl, see the ArcGIS Desktop Help topic: 'Creating custom commands with VBA and UI Controls'
  1. Right-click the UIButtonControl and select View Source.
  2. Copy this code into the UIButtonControl's click event.
Dim pDoc As IMxDocument
Set pDoc = ThisDocument
Dim pMap As IMap
Set pMap = pDoc.FocusMap

Dim pLayer As IFeatureLayer
Dim pFSel As IFeatureSelection
Set pLayer = pMap.Layer(0)
Set pFSel = pLayer

'Get the selected features
Dim pSelSet As ISelectionSet
Set pSelSet = pFSel.SelectionSet

Dim pEnumGeom As IEnumGeometry
Dim pEnumGeomBind As IEnumGeometryBind

Set pEnumGeom = New EnumFeatureGeometry
Set pEnumGeomBind = pEnumGeom
pEnumGeomBind.BindGeometrySource Nothing, pSelSet

Dim pGeomFactory As IGeometryFactory
Set pGeomFactory = New GeometryEnvironment

Dim pGeom As IGeometry
Set pGeom = pGeomFactory.CreateGeometryFromEnumerator(pEnumGeom)

pDoc.ActiveView.Extent = pGeom.Envelope

Article ID:000004647

  • ArcMap 8 x

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