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Durham County Record Office: the official archive service for County Durham and Darlington

Map Tools

The 'Map Tools' are located within a toolbar below the map. You can use the tools to interact directly with the map, to navigate and to get extra information. Depending on which map tool you select your mouse will perform a different function.


Please see below for further information:

  • Zooming
  • Map Scale
  • Panning
  • Get Info
  • Clear Map


It is possible to zoom in and out of the map to show more or less detail at various scales. When zooming the system will automatically display the most appropriate Ordnance Survey map background for the current scale.

Zoom inZoom In
Click the 'Zoom In' button on the toolbar, then click on the map. The point at which you click will become the centre of the zoomed area. To zoom into a particular portion of the map click and drag a box by holding down your left mouse button.

Zoom outZoom Out
Click on the 'Zoom Out' button on the toolbar then click on the map.

Zoom in to full extZoom to Full Extent
Clicking on the 'Full Extent' tool automatically zooms the map to fit all of the features on any 'loaded layers' onto the map.

Previous ZoomPrevious Zoom
Use this tool to jump back to the previous zoom level.

Aerial and Historical Maps
Historical map backgrounds are only available at or below a scale of 1:10,000. Choose 'Historical Maps (1:10000)' or 'Aerial Photography 2001' from the dropdown menu to select different map date.

Historical maps

Map Scale

In addition to using the zoom tools, it is also possible to change the map 'scale' to view different levels of detail on the map. Click inside the scale box, highlight and delete the old scale. Use your keyboard number pad to enter a new scale before hitting the 'Enter' or 'return' key.


Remember that reducing the number is equivalent to zooming in, and increasing the number is equivalent to zooming out.

Note that, when you adjusting the map scale, the mapping system will automatically display the most appropriate Ordnance Survey map background for your selection.


Use the 'Pan' tool on the toolbar to move around the map. Click and drag the map by holding down your left mouse button to move the map in any direction.


Alternatively, you can move around the map using the 'North, South, East and West' tools on the toolbar. The map will automatically pan one map width in the chosen direction.

Get Info

The 'Get Info' tool can be used to display basic information about a feature within a layer and to return to the relevant information within the DCC website (where available). To use the 'Get Info' tool map layers must first be added. See 'Adding Map Layers' for details.

Select the 'Get Info' tool then click on the icon on the map which represents your feature of interest. The mapping system will display summary information about the chosen feature.

Clear Map

Clear Map
Use the 'Clear Map' tool to remove all layers that have previously been added to the map.

Please ensure you have read our copyright information before printing any maps. Note that maps on this site have been reproduced from Ordnance Survey material with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office © Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. Durham County Council 100019779 2004.