The Select by Rectangle button allows you to select features interactively.

  1. To be able to use the Select by Rectangle button you will need to make a theme active. On the right side of the web page under Layers move the mouse cursor over the circle next to the layer you want to interact with and select it. You may toggle between layer and legend list by simply selecting the layer/legend list button on the toolbar.
  2. Then choose the Select by Rectangle button on the toolbar to begin the selection process.
  3. Next, inside the map display area hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse cursor over the features of the selected active layer. A red box indicating the area of selection will appear. All features in the active layer within or touched by the red square will be selected.
  4. A data table associated with the selected features will appear in the text display area. At this time you can select a specific record by moving the mouse cursor over the number which is located under the field/column called Rec. You know you are in the correct field/column because you will see the cursor turn into a pointing hand. When the record is selected the web page will zoom in and highlight the corresponding selection in red. The text display area also shows related database information.
  5. You can drag and drop the results of the query into any text processing application, such as Microsoft Word or Excel. With the left mouse button depressed, drag the cursor across the columns to highlight the column titles as well as the records. When the records you want are selected, simultaneously press <Ctrl + C> to copy, then open Microsoft Word or Excel and then simultaneously press <Ctrl + V> to paste. The result will be a text or table you may edit and sort.