Skip to content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer

Overview of selection tools

Any feature can be selected either by a click, by a custom area, by its attributes, and/or by an expression. Selected sets allow operations to be performed on your layer, geographic area, or feature of choice.

Here is a list of selection tools we offer:

If you are more of a visual learner, feel free to check out the video below.

Multiselect tools

There are several ways to select multiple features in GIS Cloud. Here is a list of these simple multiselect methods found in the Toolbar.

Select or Info Tool

Click the Select or Info tool from the Toolbar and select features from the map.

To select multiple features in a Layer, hold the CTRL button on your keyboard.

Note: You can see the number of selected features in the Toolbar.

Area Selection

The second method is the Area Selection tool which enables to define a rectangular area and select all the features it contains.

  1. Select the Layer from the Layer List.
  2. Click the Area Selection tool in the Toolbar.
  3. Drag a box to define the area of selected features.

Freehand Selection

Third method is Freehand Selection. It is a tool that is similar to Area Selection and it enables you to draw a freehand shape and select all the features it contains.

  1. Select the Layer from the Layer list.
  2. Click the Freehand Selection tool in the Toolbar.
  3. Draw a wanted shape to define the area of selected features.

Multiple Selection through Datagrid

Another way how you can select features on a map is with Multiple Selection tool. It enables you to select as many features as you want trough Datagrid or a map. Once features are selected, if you wish to delete those features, then just click on Delete Feature tool. If you want to download those features in a form of CSV, first click on Show only selected and then Export all features.

Spatial Filter

Spatial Filter makes complex selections easy. There are two options for defining the area of interest, which selects all the chosen layer features that area contains.

Find the Spatial Filter tool under the Feature tab. When the Spatial Filter window opens, there are two options to choose from – From Selection and custom polygon.

From Selection

With From Selection option, features which are already selected on the map are going to become filter area. For example, it is possible to choose polygon features, so you can select all point, line, or polygon features inside that polygon area.

Follow these steps to perform it:

  1. Select features on the map manually or with one of the selection tools
  2. Open Spatial Filter
  3. Press From Selection and choose a layer you want to get results from
  4. Hit Apply
  5. All features that meet requirements are going to be selected on the map

Note: In case you’re selecting a line or polygon features, the spatial filter tool will select all features that are even partially contained in the defined area.

Custom polygon

Use Custom polygon option to draw a polygon on the map as a selection area. This tool is similar to Area Selection or Freehand Selection.

Follow these steps to perform it:

  1. Open Spatial Filter
  2. Press Custom polygon and choose a layer you want to get results from
  3. Draw a polygon on the map
  4. Press Apply
  5. All features that meet requirements are going to be selected on the map

Note: In case you’re selecting a line or polygon features, the spatial filter tool will select all features that are even partially contained in the defined area.

Clear option will remove drawn filter polygon.

Spatial Selection

Spatial Selection allows you to create database queries using custom selection conditions. This tool allows you to select any database feature from any database layer on your map. It utilizes a variety of known operators and expressions which you can explore HERE and understand their usage through our examples.

You can select features by attributes or by location depending on what you need.

Important notes:

  • Spatial selection only works with database layers, not with files. If you want to perform spatial queries please import files you need into the database first. 
  • Make sure that the multigeometry type is exploded into basic geometry.
  • If you are going to perform spatial selection in two or more different layers, make sure they are in the same projection! Learn how to change the projection of a layer in GIS Cloud here.

Let’s go through a simple spatial selection query to explain how it works:

For example, you’re working with a layer/table containing administrative areas and a column with population data and you wish to select all administrative areas with a population over 1000.

  1. Open the map in Map Editor or Map Viewer
  2. Click the Feature tab.
  3. Select Spatial Selection.
  4. Select the wanted table (administrative_area) and its column (population) from the two dropdown lists. Sometimes it takes a moment to load.
  5. The table and column are now entered, to complete the condition you add the operator and value – administrative_area.population>1000
  6. Click Select.

>>>Take a look at our spatial selection examples

Data filtering

Data Filtering tool allows you to filter, find and visualize features by its attributes. This tool can be found in Datagrid next to the attribute column.

To filter data by its attributes, follow these steps: 

  1. Open a map in Map Editor
  2. Click on a filter tool in Datagrid and choose the attribute field of your choice. 
  3. Only those features you have selected will be visible in the Datagrid.

To visualize only filtered features on the map click on the Show only selected option in the bottom of the panel.

You can also filter data by multiple attributes in multiple attribute columns as well. You can add as many filters as you want and also clear them one by one.

To clear filters simply click on the filter tool and select Clear filter option.

Take a look at this short video to see how data filtering works.

Additional selection options

Clear selection option

The selection of features can be cleared with the Clear selection function found in the Feature tab. 

Find more info here.

Invert selection tool

When layer elements are selected on the map, using the Invert selection tool from the Features tab, you can choose the unselected layer elements, and unselect the selected ones. 

Find more info here.

Create a new layer from selection

New layers may be created from selected sets of features.

  1. Select features by using one of our selection tools
  2. In the Feature tab in Map Editor, choose New Layer from Selection.
  3. You have created a new layer. For more about layer editing see the Layer editing section.

Find more info here.

Show only selected features in the data grid

When selecting the wanted features, you can filter out to show only their attribute data in the data grid by checking the box Show only selected on the bottom of the data grid, next to the Exporting button. If the box is not checked, the data grid will show all features data.

Find more info here.

Selected features color

If you have a specific color you would like your maps to have features selected in, follow the steps below:

  1. Open map in Map Editor.
  2. Select the features on the map.
  3. Go to Map Properties (Map tab).
  4. Click on Map Options.
  5. Add HIGHLIGHT_COLOR as an option name and a preferred color hex code e.g., 0xffff00 as a value. (0x instead of # and ffff00 – hex color code for yellow)
  1. Click Save and refresh your map.

Was This Article Helpful?