Layer Manager

Overview

In the layer manager you can organise and configure the feature layers of the web map your dashboard is based on. You can access it via the layers_icon button of the top menu bar.

The layer manager allows you to sort each feature layer as either data layer, support layer or hidden layer.

Data Layers

Data Layers are the feature layers you want to thematically map in the dashboard. There must be at least one data layer present. If you have more than one data layer, a ‘Geography’ button will automatically appear in the dashboard that allows you to open the geography explorer to switch between your geographies.

In the example below, the three layers in the web map (US States, Major Cities and Counties) are in the data layer section.

This would result in a Geography menu in the dashboard like this:

AGOL_GeographyExplorerMultipleLayersUS

The layer whose check box is ticked will appear in the dashboard on start-up. In the example above this is the USA States layer.

Each layer in the data layers section has its own tool menu:

edit_properties_iconwill open the Edit Properties dialog of the data layer in which you can edit a number of properties, e.g. the name of the layer as it will appear in the legend, the opacity and the border thickness.

arrow_down_iconwill move the data layer into the support layers section.

invisible_iconwill move the data layer into the hidden layers section.

Support Layers

Support layers are used to show contextual information. This can for example be a different administrative boundary than in the data layer to provide additional context. You could also use a point layer as support layer to show, for example, major cities in your area.

Support layers don’t interact dynamically with the other dashboard widgets. They are only visible in the map. When their check box is ticked in the layer manager, they will be visible on start-up in the map. If the check box is not ticked they will appear in the legend but need to be clicked first to show in the map.

The tool menu for support layers is similar to the ones for data layers:

edit_properties_iconwill open the Edit Properties dialog of the support layer in which you can edit a number of properties, e.g. the name of the layer as it will appear in the legend, the opacity, and the border thickness.

arrow_up_iconwill move the layer up into the data layer section.

invisible_iconwill move the support layer into the hidden layers section.

Hidden layers

Hidden layers are feature layers that you have in your web map but which you do not want to appear in the dashboard. The dashboard will ignore all hidden layers.

There is only one tool icon available for hidden layers:

hidden_layers_iconwill move the hidden layer back to  the section it was previously in (data layers or support layers).

Please note

The layer order from your web map is always kept in the dashboard. That means that a support layer can either be shown above or below a data layer, depending on their sorting in the corresponding web map.

It is advisable to move the support layer above the data layer(s) in the web map. If the support layer is a polygon layer, you can remove the fill opacity from the layer so that the data layer is not obscured. Rather, just the borders of the support layer will be visible on top of the data layer. To do this, edit the support layer and drag the Fill Opacity slider over to the far left as shown in the example below, then click the Close button.

Layer Fill Opacity Setting