Filter Your Map View

Maps can get complicated. Good map makers should always seek to avoid map clutter.  Even so, your business map analysis may require several layers of imported business data along with demographic layers and territories.  Things can get busy.

Map Business Online includes a check box in the upper left-hand corner of the Data Window that lets the map viewer focus on a specific aspect of your map. Use the Filter Data on The Map Check Box to focus your map view on a specific territory or data set segment.

View Radius Search Results

If, for instance, you’ve imported a dataset of one thousand field asset records and you want to see only the hundred or so records located within a 25-mile radius of an address you can do that.

  1. Key in the Address Location you have in mind, into the Address Bar (upper left)
  2. On the mini-toolbar associated with your plotted address click the Radius Search button
  3. Choose a 25-mile radius and build your circle
  4. Choose the dataset you’d like to search (Map Business Online searches one dataset at a time)
  5. Save your search results – the Data Window will open with the datasheet view of your results
  6. In the Upper Left corner of the Data Window check on the Filter Data on the Map function

Always remember to uncheck the Filter box when done viewing.

Isolate a Single Territory

One of Map Business Online’s more popular features is sales territory mapping. Territory maps come in all shapes and sizes.  Some have just a few state-based territories. That’s easy to view. Others may support territory schemes that use hundreds of ZIP codes for each territory.  Occasionally there’s a desire to view only one territory. No problem.


  1. Select the Territory layer in the Data Window
  2. In the Search Data window type or paste in the Territory title exactly as it is written. Then click the Binocular icon to the right of the search box
  3. Now you see just that isolated territory in the Data Window. Above the Territory Name check the Filter data on Map button

A shared map of this map view will show exactly this result. Any shared data however is available to the map viewer on a nationwide scope, unlimited by the filter.

These filtered views come in handy for an in-depth discussion on territory results, for discussing account management changes, or for understanding service challenges associated with specific field assets.

Filtered Map View

Data Windowing Filtering

In our first example, we segmented your business data geographically – by radius search. There are many ways to do this in Map Business Online – with a polygon search, a drive time search, or a free form search. But you can also search your data using Filtering Tools in the Data Window view.  There are several approaches to data filtering:

  • Search the left-hand column of your data – You’ll use the blank white space in the middle of the Data Window toolbar. Enter your search item and click the Binoculars. Results will display.
  • Search using the Filter or Funnel button. This opens a dialogue that requires thought on your part but will let you filter by virtually any column in your data, or in Map Business Online’s included demographic data. You’ve got modifiers to apply too like > (greater than), < (less than), or = (equal to). You can query to see if the data contains a set of letters. You can run multiple queries at once. Results will display.

Once you get those filter results to display in the Data Window you can check the Filter Data on the Map box and view only that data.  You can also copy the data for pasting outside the application – see the Copy Button in the lower right.

Filter Shared Maps Too

As you may or may not realize, Map Business Online allows all subscribers to share their maps with constituents at no cost, up to 100 web sessions per month. Beyond that level, there is a modest fee. These shared “view only” maps do not allow your constituent viewers to edit the maps – but they can filter the map view!

Your MapShare viewers have access to the Data Window just like you do. And that Data Window function in the shared map allows them to filter the data you’ve shared and create subsets data sets – and Filter the Data on the Map.

They are not able to filter the territory view, so you’ll need to share maps saved with filtered territory views if that is required for your workflow.


Find out why over 25,000 business users log into for their business mapping software and advanced sales territory mapping solution. The best replacement for Microsoft MapPoint happens to be the most affordable.

To access MapBusinessOnline, please register and then download the Map App from the website –

After installing the Map App, the MapBusinessOnline launch button will be in the Windows Start Menu or Mac Application folder. Find the MapBusinessOnline folder in the Start Menu scrollbar. Click the folder’s dropdown arrow and choose the MapBusinessOnline option.

The Map App includes the Map Viewer app for free non-subscriber map sharing.

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About Geoffrey Ives

Geoffrey Ives lives and works in southwestern Maine. He grew up in Rockport, MA and graduated from Colby College. Located in Maine since 1986, Geoff joined DeLorme Publishing in the late 1990's and has since logged twenty-five years in the geospatial software industry. In addition to business mapping, he enjoys playing classical & jazz piano, gardening, and taking walks in the Maine mountains with his Yorkshire Terrier named Skye.
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