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Insert a Scale Bar

In Ortelius, a scale bar is a dynamic object, and will adjust based on changes in scale from the Map Size & Units window. The scale bar is automatically calibrated based on the drawing scale settings and placed on the active layer.

To Insert a Scale Bar:

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  1. Choose a layer in which the scale bar is to be placed.
  2. Choose Edit > Insert Special > Scale Bar from the main menu.

Related Topics: Using the Ruler to Measure and Set Map Scale

To Format the Scale Bar:

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  1. Do one of the following:
  • Open the Object Inspector > Features pane. Use the Select [s] tool to select the scale bar.
  • Choose the Select [s] tool. Double-click the scale bar to select it and automatically open the Object Inspector > Features pane.

2. Edit the scale bar options as desired. The following settings are available:

  • TITLE – Show the scale title (map scale).
  • PRIMARY SCALE ENABLE – Show the primary scale. This item takes its units settings automatically from the current scale and index grid.
  • PRIMARY SCALE TITLE – The text label for the scale.
  • PRIMARY SCALE SKIP – Label skip interval. For example if 2 every other label is drawn, if 1 all labels are drawn.
  • PRIMARY SCALE DIVISIONS – Number of subdivisions of the primary scale.
  • SECONDARY SCALE TITLE – Show the secondary scale. This is a derivative of the primary scale.
  • SECONDARY SCALE TITLE – The text label for the scale.
  • SECONDARY SCALE UNITS – Select the units for which the map secondary scale is to be presented.
  • PRIMARY SCALE SKIP – Label skip interval. For example if 2 every other label is drawn, if 1 all labels are drawn.
  • SECONDARY SCALE DIVISIONS – Number of subdivisions of the secondary scale.
  • SCALE WIDTH – Vertical width of the scale bar.
  • EXTENDED MARKERS – Scale bar has extended markers when checked.
  • BARRED – Scale bar includes decorative barring when checked.
  • ALTERNATING COLORS – Scale bar uses alternating colors. Click the color wells to edit colors.

3. With the scale bar still selected, open the Fonts panel and edit text properties as desired.