This question refers to the standard ArcGIS Online map, eg http://your-site.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html

Is it possible to perform a Select By Location, eg to find points from one layer which fall within a polygon layer?

There are a bunch of operations available under the Analysis menu but I can't see Select By Location. Is it necessary to build something custom (eg using the ArcGIS JS API, Web AppBuilder, etc) in order to get the Select By Location functionality?

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Yes. Under the Analysis menu select 'Find Locations' and then 'Find Existing Locations'. Select the layer you want to run your analysis over and click 'Add Expression'. The drop-down on the right hand side of the popup window should show some spatial selection options.

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    Note that this doesn't strictly perform a Select By Location operation - instead it creates a new layer which contains the result of the selection set. I guess to emulate Select By Location exactly, you'd need to write the functionality using one of the APIs Feb 18, 2016 at 22:20

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