How to add a dynamic scale bar in (or close to) map extent while data view is turned on?

I'm panning a lot (raster images) and I need to get more precise "feel" of distances just in one glance since I'm panning in various scales.

  • I know, that it is possible to tell (exact) scale after lot's of practicing hours, but I need to optimize something right now. – Nežinomas Asmuo Mar 21 '17 at 13:52
  • You can always refer to the "scale" near the zoom buttons, add a scale in layout view while exploring your data frame, or use the measure tool. – GISKid Mar 21 '17 at 14:02
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  • I'd use multiple fishnets – FelixIP Mar 21 '17 at 18:43
  • Could you just pan and zoom within the layout view using the pan and zoom tool within the "Tools" toolbar (data view toolbar)? – artwork21 May 10 '17 at 12:36

You can add scale bars to the Layout view, but not to the Data view. This may be possible with an Add-In but I am not aware of any available, although a thorough google search may turn one up.

There is an existing idea on the Esri Ideas page asking for them to be added to ArcGIS - Dynamic scale bar for data view

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  • ESRI Ideas takes ages to get anywhere, OP mine as well look for a 3rd party plugin if you really need one. – NULL.Dude Mar 21 '17 at 16:05
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    @Joe Esri Ideas take votes to get anywhere. If there is no third-party add-in available and if they have no ability to write one themselves, then voting on the idea will be the only option. It is not possible in ArcMap currently. – Midavalo Mar 21 '17 at 16:09
  • I agree I was just implying to OP don't expect ESRI to release this anytime soon (for your project needs) – NULL.Dude Mar 21 '17 at 16:16
  • Still thank's for the info. I already voted for availability! – Nežinomas Asmuo Mar 22 '17 at 14:50

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