ArcMap 10.1 Tip - Fixed Scale

Today I figured out something that’s perhaps been obvious to others, but maybe not. 

I have 500 random points to zoom to on my map for an accuracy assessment. I am using the Bing Aerial Maps, which takes a while to load, so I’ve been zooming in on the point at 1:10,000. I’d been toggling off the basemap every time I zoomed to a new point, then manually adjusting the scale. I was at point 46/500 when I was like “surely there HAS to be a way to fix this scale!” So I went to trusty ol’ Google. There are two different ways of fixing the map view scale: 

You can fix it for the entire Data Frame: 

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But then when you go and try to “Zoom To Selected Feature” in the attribute table, nothing happens and I was like whaaaa- You have to use “Pan To” instead, which involves actually right-clicking that option from a drop-down menu every time. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So here’s a much easier way to fix the scale, AND maintain the double-click Zooming to feature luxury. Fix the scale in the layer you are zooming around in by opening up the layer properties: 

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Now I don’t have to toggle off the basemap and adjust the scale every time I zoom to a point, WOOT. I’ve never had to use either of these features before, so I’m glad to got to learn them today :D

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HBB Buzz: What Happens When You Read Fanfiction

By: Briana Chapman

We’ve all had those days and nights where we have absolutely nothing to do. Then all of a sudden you find yourself on tumblr or wattpad searching for the one thing that makes you realize you may be in a bit too deep: Fanfiction.

At first it’s casual reading,

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Another story won’t hurt,

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Before you realize it’s 5 am,

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You start to collect story after story in your library,

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And when people ask why you’re always staring at your phone,

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When you ship the main characters,

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But then there’s those main characters you don’t ship,

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And those two character who ship, but will never be,

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Things start to get steamy,

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But wait..unnecessary drama,

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Then the drama gets good,

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One character forgives the other too easily though,

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Things start to get really emotional so you’re just like,

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When you get the notification a fic has been updated,

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When the author takes too long to update,

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When your favorite fic is abandoned,

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You start to really wonder why your life really isn’t a fanfiction,

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Finally once you think you’ve read every good fic out there, you do the one thing you never expected to do…start writing your own.

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