I have a Layer with around 100 rather small polygons that are quite far apart spatially. If i want to make a single map with them you can barely see the fill colour of the polygons. The solution i'm familiar with is to create multiple dataframes with each single dataframe showing a set of polygons that are close to each other. However with this solution I would end up with about 8 Dataframes the problem with that being on one hand slowed performance but more importantly, whenever I want to change the symbology of my layer i have to do so in every dataframe?!

Desired Solution:

  • Either a way to show different extents of the same dataframe in the Layout view
  • Or a way to link dataframes so that a change of symbology in the original dataframe is simultaneously done in every copy of said dataframe.
  • If polygons too small, compute their centres and show points on a single frame
    – FelixIP
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 18:33

1 Answer 1


just create bookmarks on your map view and in the layout you can jump from one to another selecting them.

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  • Thank you for the reply. Though i think this doesn't solve my problem, as I would like to have the different extents in the layout at the same time. Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 9:56
  • Sorry I didn't understand the question correctly. You can copy and paste your layout extents as many times as you want, and selecting one by one you can assign a different bookmark to each of them.
    – Rsan
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 10:05
  • This still leaves me with the problem of having several data frames. Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 10:53
  • And since bookmarks only save extent but not the symbology this unfortunately doesn't help me either. Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 10:55

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