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Creating Points and Saving a Workspace

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Creating points and saving a Workspace in MapInfo Pro

There may be datasets that do not contain a map component but do have the co-ordinates that can be referred to locate a ‘point’ on the map. MapInfo Pro offers to create Spatial data out of such co-ordinates.

This article assumes that the table which contains the co-ordinates has already been loaded to MapInfo Pro. To know more about how to load a tab file, refer to the article on “How to use Excel files ”.

The article also covers how to Save and Open a Workspace.
 
With an open browser window, move to the Spatial tab and select the Create Points command.

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A Create Points dialog box will appear.  Choose appropriate table from the Create Points for Table list as highlighted in image below. Note if you have multiple tables open, you will have options within the dropdown to select the right table.

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In the Create Points dialog
  • The Symbol for points will default to a 'square box'  which can be left as is.  The symbol can be changed after the points have been created as well.
  • Update the projection to the appropriate category if necessary.
  • Choose Longitude from the Get X Coordinates from Column list and Latitude from the Get Y Coordinates from Column list accordingly.  If you have X and Y columns instead of Longitude and Latitude columns in your table, you will need to select those instead.
  • Verify that the Multiply the X Coordinates by box and Multiply the Y Coordinates by box are set to 1.
  • Do not check the Display non-numeric fields or Overwrite existing points box.
  • Click OK.
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How to view the Point dataset on map? 

Under the Map tab, select Map command.  Alternatively, you can also use the open command to locate the table you created points for and open accordingly.

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The points will now be displayed in a separate map window from your browser and the map layer will be found in the explorer window.

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On the Home Tab, select the Open command. Under Base Maps select preferred layer; options Aerial, Roads, Hybrid.

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Bing Roads Base Map has now been opened in your current Map window and the workspace should be saved.

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Saving a session as a Workspace

A workspace is a list of all the tables, windows, and settings you are using, stored in a file with the extension .WOR or .MWS. Workspaces are a convenient way to return to a previously created map without having to open each table file individually. The MapInfo tab files also open with the same styling that was used for each layer at the time of the last saved session.

Under the Home tab, select the Save Workspace command.  In the dropdown there is 'Save Workspace As' option which should be chosen.

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The Save Workspace dialog box will appear, enter the appropriate File name and save.

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Open saved Workspaces 

Under the Home tab, select Open Workspace.

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From the File Open menu select the desired *.WOR and click Open.

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The selected Workspace will open automatically to the last saved session.

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UPDATED:  July 9, 2017