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Step Five: View Maps

When you select a map from the thumbnail page, a separate window will pop up displaying your selected map sheet.

map view

To close the window, select the Close Window button.

If you wish to download a PDF version of your selected map sheet, click on the Download Map button. If you choose to download maps, you will need to use Adobe Acrobat. To download Adobe Acrobat, click here.

If you want to print your current view, click on the Print Current View button, which will open the current image view to another browser window where you can select the print button. The print feature will print whatever your map displays. For example, if you have zoomed in on a building, the print view is zoomed-in. If you are viewing the full sheet, the full sheet will print.

Select Zoom Size
When you first open your Map, the Zoom size will be set at Fit to Window, which fits the entire document image into the viewport. You can select your desired image size from this drop-down menu. Zoom options included in the drop-down menu are 25%, 50%, 100%, 150%, 300%, Fit to Window, and Maximum. The page will automatically refresh with the image resized according to your specifications. Subsequent viewings of document images will automatically adjust to your last selected setting.

Select Window Size
To increase or decrease the size of the image window, select a larger or smaller box. The size of your current window is indicated by the white box; other options are shown in blue. Once you have selected a size, that setting becomes the default for subsequent image viewing. You can change your viewport setting at any time by selecting a new size.

Select Clicking Result
You can select whether you want to zoom in to the image or recenter it over a particular spot when you click on it with your mouse. Choose the appropriate radio button before clicking on the image. If you want to move just a little to the right of a certain point, recentering the map at that point will bring more of the map into view.

Panning allows you to move the viewport around the image while maintaining your selected zoomed image size. When your image window cannot show the entire image, the image will be surrounded by a box containing panning arrows on the top, bottom, and sides of the image. Clicking on these arrows allow you to move your image window in the corresponding direction. These links are only active when you can move your image window in that direction. For example, if you have zoomed in on the lower right-hand corner of an image, you will not be able to pan down or to the right, so the arrows pointing down and to the right will not be active. However, since you can pan up or to the left, both the arrows pointing up and to the left will be active. If you wish to move very little in a direction, select recenter rather than zoom, and click on an area of the map.

How Can I Tell What All the Abbreviations on the Maps Stand For?
There are two legends you can use with the maps: the original key and a black and white key, which was developed specifically for use with black and white copies of Sanborn maps. Color on the original Sanborn maps indicates building material, such as stone or wood. The black and white key lists markings on the maps that indicate building material. The earlier versions of Sanborn maps do not include these markings and rely solely on color to list building material. Symbols not indicating building material are the same on both legends.

Note: Because the key is a detailed file, it must be large so that you can view it completed. As a result, it may take a while for the key to load onto your computer screen.

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