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MapInfo Help

This document was written primarily for Teton County and Town of Jackson staff working with or using MapInfo. If you are looking for information on using the web-based MapServer, go here.

There are various MapInfo PDF documents in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\MapInfo\Professional\Documentation

This one is the most useful:

C:\Program Files(x86)\MapInfo\Professional\Documentation\MapInfoProfessionalUserGuide.pdf

For information about the GIS data see the GIS Data Overview or How to access MapInfo Metadata

Querying the GIS

Adding a Scale Bar

Adding a North Arrow

Printing and Plotting


Mailing Labels



To query the ownership and address of a single parcel, use the Info Tool and click on a parcel.

How to get parcel info for multiple parcels use one of the five Select Tools to select the desired parcels. Multiple selections are made by holding the <Shift> key. After selecting all the desired parcels, pick "New Browser Window" from the Window pull-down menu, then pick "Selection" from the Browse Table dialog box. The data in the browser can be copied to a word processor by picking "Copy" from the Edit pull-down menu.

To find a parcel for a given owner name, from the Query pull-down menu pick "Property Owner Name". Enter the owner's last name and click Okay. MapInfo will search for all property owners with the specified name within the open map area. All matching names will be displayed in a browser window. From the browser window you may select the individual owner you are interested in by picking the black box in the left-hand column of the browser. The corresponding parcel(s) will be highlighted in the map window, however they may be hard to spot. Clicking the eye glasses button will zoom to the current selection.

To find a parcel with a given street address, from the Query pull-down menu pick the "Street Address Locator", which opens the "Street Address Search" dialog box. You may enter the street number, direction (North, South, East, West), and street name, or you may use the wildcard character (the percent sign: %) if you are uncertain of the exact address. It is not necessary to enter full street name (i.e. you can leave off "Street", "Avenue", "Road", etc.) The street name is not case sensitive. For example: If you are working in the Town of Jackson and enter just "Kelly" in the street name you will get a browser listing over a hundred parcels on Kelly Street. If you pick "East" for the direction pull-down list and enter "Kelly" for the street name you will get about 70 parcels. If you enter "3%" for the number, "East" for the direction, and "Kelly" for the name you will get about 5 parcels; all of the 30's and 300's on East Kelly Avenue. Pick the desired parcel(s) from the browser and use the eye glasses button to zoom to the selection.

To find a subdivision, from the Query pull-down menu pick the "Search legal", which opens the "Subdivision Search" dialog box. You may enter a lot number, or leave it blank, which will return all lots. Enter any part of the subdivision name e.g. "John Dodge", "Ski Corp", or "Karns". All matching parcels will be listed in a browser window. Use the eye glasses button to zoom to the selection.

To find land record information, click on a parcel with the Hot Link tool (aka the "Lightning Bolt"). This will give you a drop down list to choose whether you want the clerks records or planning department records.  Select one and it will open a web browser with detailed information about the parcel. The clerks land records web browser also provides scanned images of the legal documents. You can also search the site directly at: /clerk/query

To find the zoning of a given parcel, place a checkmark on the Zoning layer group.  To change which zoning layer is displayed expand the zoning layer group in the layer control and select a different layer to shade.  More than one layer may be checked.  


A scale bar is added in the Map window.

Select from the Map pulldown menu pick “Create Scale Bar”. Select the desired position, click Next to specify the dimensions of the scale bar and style.


Bar Length

The two values are proportional: the first value is the distance on the paper map, the second value is what the first value represents as a distance on the Earth's surface. Specify the length of the scale bar to a maximum of 34 inches or 86.3 cm on the printed map.

Add Cartographic Scale

Check this check box to include a representative fraction (RF) with the scale bar. In MapInfo Professional, a map scale that does not include distance units, such as 1:63,360 or 1:1,000,000, is called a cartographic scale.

Style - Bar Type

Select a preset scale bar: 1 Check Bar, 2 Solid Bar, 3 Line Bar, or 4 Tick Bar.

Select Finish to add your scale bar.  By default it adds it to the lower left corner, but you can move it using the select tool.

The scale bar will update as the map’s zoom changes.

The “change view” tool can be used to set the map to a specific scale.


A north arrow can be added in the Map window or the Layout window.

To add a north arrow in the Map window:

Make the cosmetic layer editable.

Add a point to the map using the “symbol” tool

Double click on the point and assign a style:

To add a north arrow in the Layout window:

First add the tool

     Tools - Tool Manager - add the “North Arrow” tool check Loaded and Autoload

This will add a north arrow icon to your button bar, if you selected “autoload” this button will be there by default the next time you open MapInfo.

Select the button to drag out an area or just click the location you want.


Select what style of arrow you want, color, and size

Select the north arrow to move it.


  1. From the Window pulldown menu pick "New Layout Window". A layout can have one or more frames for each mapper or browser that is open. Layouts are useful for printing browsers as well as large maps. Using the "Tile Windows" command from the Windows pulldown menu is helpful because it allows you to see the source mapper or browser window and the layout window. Refer to chapter 17 of the MapInfo User's Guide for a detailed discussion on working with layouts.
  2. Select the correct printer and paper size. From the File pulldown menu select "Page Setup" and pick the "Printer..." button. The large format plotter is the HP 750C. After selecting the desired printer, pick the "Properties" button and set the page orientation (landscape or portrait) and the paper size. You are now ready to do a quick print, or you can proceed to step 2 to use a layout window, which gives you more control over your output.
  3. Layouts are discussed in both the MapInfo help menu and PDF User Guide in the chapter title "Stylizing Your Map for Presentations and Publishing" in the section "Working with Layouts"

To create a map layout at a specific scale:

Follow steps 1 and 2 above, then;

  1. In the layout window, double click on the mapper frame and note the width of the frame object.
  2. Switch back to the mapper window and select "Change View" from the Map pulldown window. Set the "Zoom (Window Width)" to layout frame width multiplied by the desired scale in feet. e.g. If your layout frame has a width of 35.5 inches and you want the map to plot at a scale of 1" = 2000'. Then the mapper window width needs to be set to 71,100 feet (35.5 x 2000 = 71,000).

This technique also works when you insert a map into another document (such as a word processing document). Just determine the width of the target window, and then set the MapInfo Mapper window width to the desired scale multiplied by that width.

Printing a Highlighted Selection

When an object in a mapper window is selected (or picked), it is highlighted with a red hatch pattern on the screen, however the hatching does not print or plot. The highlighting is just a visual cue which indicates which objects are selected, but it is not a printable component of the map. The following steps explain how to print a hatch selection.

  1. Select the object(s) to be hatched.
  2. Copy the object(s) (Use either the menu option: Edit > Copy, or <Ctrl> + C)
  3. Open the Layer Control and make the Cosmetic Layer is Editable
  4. Paste the object(s) onto the Cosmetic Layer (Use either the menu option: Edit > Paste or <Ctrl> + V)
  5. Use the Region Style button to change the style of the object(s).


Labeling consists of two steps: setting up the label format and placing the labels on the map.

Setting up to Label

Open the layer control and select the layer to be labeled, then pick the "Label" button. This opens the "Text Label Options" dialog box, which allows you to set four label format characteristics: The data, visibility, style (font) and position.

Data from the "Label with:" pull-down list select the data element to be labeled. For example PIDN or Name1 if you were labeling the Join layer. Note the "Expression" option at the bottom of the pull-down list. Use the "Expression" dialog box to create complex labels using BASIC language functions.

Four examples of complex labels follow:

  1. To label with PIDN and Name1 you would enter PIDN+Name1 as the expression, or to put PIDN and  Name1 on separate lines, enter PIDN+Chr$(10)+NAME1 as the expression. Chr$(10) is the BASIC language function that creates a new line (or carriage return)
  2. To label the area of each parcel, enter Area(obj, "acre") as the expression.
  3. To label with only the right-hand 8 characters of the PIDN (the quarter section, arbitrary block, and lot number) enter Right$(Pidn,8) as the expression.
  4. To label only the last name of the Ownership table, enter the expression: Left$(Owner, InStr(1, Owner, ",")-1) Visibility - The default options are usually fine except that you will probably want to check "Allow  Overlapping Text"

Style allows you to set the font and the label line options.i) Position defaults are usually fine.

Placing labels

Labels can be placed automatically or manually. To automatically place labels on everything, check the label check box in the layer control next to the layer that you want to label. To manually label individual objects, make the layer to be labeled current, then pick the Label button on the main toolbar. 


Preparation of Mailing Labels from GIS
Prepared: Feb 2, 2015 by Shawn Means

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5 foot contours were produced from aerial photography projects in June 1999 and June 2001 . The contours are in the \DEM\5_foot_contours folder. Teton County received 183 tiles in AutoCAD format from the photogrammetrist, which have been aggregated and converted into six MapInfo tables organized roughly by Township: Contours39N, Contours40N, Contours41N, Contours42N, ContoursAtla, and ContoursBufVal. Kelly is in Contours42N.

The contours have two attributes: "Elev", and "Type". Elev is the orthometric height in feet, on the North American Vertical Datum of 1929 (NAVD29).

The Type attribute is a three character field. The first character of the type field is either an "X" or an "I". "X" contours are at 25 foot intervals, while "I" contours are the intermediate 5 foot contours. You can query for type "X" contours if you want to make a map showing just 25 foot contours. This would be useful when 5 foot contours are too dense.

The second character of the type field is either "O" or is blank. "O" stands for obstructed; where vegetation made it difficult for the photogrammetrist to see the ground. These contours are less reliable.

The third character of the type field is either "D" or blank. Type "D" contours are depression contours (holes).