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How do I Print a map?

When wanting to Print a map in PDF format follow these steps.

      1. In the top menu bar, click on the Print PDF button, which looks like a small printer. This opens up the Print PDF Map wizard.
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      2. To open up a list of all completed or current print jobs, click on the Print Jobs button in the bottom left corner of the wizard screen.
          3.   To proceed to the Print Setup Menu and print your map, click next.


4. Complete the following fields:

a. Type in a descriptive name such as the name of the area that you are printing. This will enable you to find and download the print file again in future if you wish to,  for send the link to someone else to print.

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b. Select the paper size that you want the map to be generated and printed on. This will depend on your printer capacity, and your specific needs.
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c. Select the resolution that you would like to print. 75dpi conserves ink levels, but reduces the quality of the print. 150dpi is the recommended setting for printing maps up to A0 size. 300dpi can be made available depending on your subscription level, but is only really beneficial when producing high quality publications.
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d. Select the scale of the map that you would like to produce. This will depend on how large an area you would like to print, and the size at which the individual features will display on the printout. This will affect the number of pages that will be printed.

    1. Select whether you would like to print an index page. Currently the index page is added by default. This is useful when a large area is being printed that spans multiple pages. The index page will then indicate the entire area with a matrix of the pages that are printed to cover the entire area.
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    2. Select whether you want to print only urban areas, or the entire selected area. This would be useful if an entire district is to be printed, but if you don’t want to print all the farms and rural areas as well.
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    3. Choose the area that should be printed. There are three options for choosing the print area:

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Selected Feature Extent (Default)

The print area is determined by specifying criteria within a selected spatial layer.

    1. Choose a feature in which you will specify criteria. 

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    2. Select criteria by which your selection will be made. 
      Pro Tip: Start typing in the selection box to search for results.
    3. To select an area made up of more than one criteria specification, click on the blue plus button. Select additional criteria. To delete a selection, click on the blue minus button next to the selection.
    Visible Extent

    Print area is determined by the current view on the pc screen.

      1. Select the radio button next to the Visible Extent option, and the menu will roll up and turn green.
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      2. Move the view on your screen until you are satisfied. This can be done by panning, zooming, or even resizing the accordion menus.
      3. Click the down arrow on the orange Print Map bar to roll down the print menu.
    Selected Extent

    Print area is determined by a selection area drawn on the screen.

      1. Select the radio button next to the Selected Extent option, and the menu will roll up and turn green. A yellow block will appear, with darker yellow lines that divide the block to indicate the number of pages that the area covers at the selected paper size and print scale.

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      2. Resize the block by clicking on the light blue circles on the edges of the block, and dragging until satisfied.
      3. Click the down arrow on the orange Print Map bar to roll down the print menu.
    1. Click the Next button.
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    2. Review the layers that you would like to be printed. Add or remove layers if you want.

      Take Note:Google layers are proprietary and may not be printed.

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    3. Click done to start generating your print job. You will receive an email when the print job is ready for download. The email contains a link where the PDF can be downloaded, and this email can even be forwarded to other persons to download the PDF document.
    4. After clicking on Download and Save, the download should appear in the bottom of your browser window. To open it, click on the small black arrow next to the download and select “Open with System Viewer.”1map9