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The sidebar is a navigation panel containing various elements that help the user to explore the map. It incorporates tools for zooming, changing the extent, navigating in 3D mode and querying objects on the map. Moreover, the following icon is used to expand/collapse the sidebar.

Geolocation tool

The Geolocation tool allows you to locate your real position on the map.

  • Click on the Locate me icon . The icon will be highlighted in green and your position will be shown on the map.

Zooming tools

MapStore provides several tools to zoom in and out, and to switch the map extent.

  • You can increase the map zoom by using the zoom in icon .

  • You can decrease the map zoom by using the zoom out icon .

  • You can switch to full screen view .

  • You can navigate through the extents used in a session by going back and forward or to zoom to the maximum extent .

3D Navigation

Based on CesiumJS, a 3D Navigator is implemented in MapStore that allows you to display the map contents in 3D mode, particularly the layers will be overlaid on the globe.

  • Open a new map then Add a layer.
  • Click on the 3D icon in the Sidebar.

The scene will switch from 2D to 3D display mode and you will be guided by a brief tutorial that explain you how to interact with the map.

Identify Tool

The Identify tool allows you to interact with the map by clicking on features to get information stored in the attribute table of the queried feature. It is active by default as the green color suggests.

  • Add a layer to the map (e.g. USA Population).
  • Click on a feature of the layer added previously. A pop-up page will open on the right showing the requested information and the coordinates of the point.

The returned information are viewed in Text plain format by default. In order to change it:

  • Navigate into Settings from the main menu bar.

  • Select from the list menu Identify response format another format (e.g. HTML) then Click on a feature.

  • The informations will be returned as HTML accordingly.


This global settings could be overwritten by a layer-specific configuration (see Feature Info Form).

Below the point coordinates there are three icons:

  • More Info shows a popup window displaying the point address.

  • Coordinates Editor makes available a tool to perform queries using decimal or aeronautical coordinates (we will explain more in depth this tool in the next paragraph).

  • Highlight Features highlights the resulting features.

    Using the button it is possible to zoom the highlighted feature.

Using the Coordinates Editor

You might want to search features starting from their coordinates. The Coordinates Editor helps you to have more precision than just clicking on the map, so you can query objects by directly typing in their latitude and longitude.

You can choose between Decimal coordinates:

and Aeronautical coordinates: