Map Distance Scale Properties Dialog Box, General

Select General on the Map Distance Scale Properties dialog box to define basic properties for the distance scale for a map. A distance scale helps a user understand how to interpret the distance units on a map. Distance is displayed in both miles and kilometers. The distance scale range and values are automatically calculated based on the viewport boundaries, projection type, and zoom level. Click the Expression (fx) button to edit an expression that sets the value of the option.


  • Position
    Specify the location of the distance scale in relation to the center of the viewport.

  • Show distance scale outside the viewport
    Select this option to display the distance scale outside the viewport.

  • Scale color
    Select a color for the line that represents the scale.

  • Scale border color
    Select a color for the border.