The Buffer button will allow
you to select adjacent information based on the selected feature and a specific
buffer distance. To do this you will need to know what layer you want to
select from (the target layer) that will fall within a particular distance of
selected features of an active theme. For example you may want to find all
parcels (the target layer) within 500 feet of a particular street (the active
- To be able to use the buffer 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 buffer and select it. You may toggle between
layer and legend list by simply selecting the layer/legend list button on the toolbar.
- Next select the set of features of the
active theme you want to buffer. You may do this by clicking first on the select by rectangle or the select by line/polygon button before you select the buffer
button. You may also use the Find or Query buttons to select features to
- After you have features selected, click
the buffer button on the toolbar to begin
the target layer selection process. As a result the buffer feature builder
appear located inside the text display at the bottom of the web page. The
buffer feature dialog lets you build the buffer expression.
- Click the down arrow in the Highlight feature form drop down menu to select the
map layer box. Remember this is the feature layer you want to highlight
that is within the buffer distance of the active theme. Type the
distance of your buffer into the text box "within
a distance of (enter distance) Feet". To have the attributes
of the selected layer displayed, check the box next to Display Attributes. Now you may click the Create Buffer button to begin the buffer
- After you have executed the buffer string
selection, another listing will pop up on the text display area if there
was a match for your selection. At this time you may 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 mouse 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.
- You can drag and drop the results of the
buffer expression into any text processing application, such as Microsoft Word
or Excel. With the left mouse button, press and highlight some or all of
the data fields and records listed in the text display area.
Simultaneously press <Ctrl + C> to copy, then open Microsoft Word or
Excel and then simultaneously press <Ctrl + V> to paste.