For this seemingly simple Dialog box, you get quite a few features and options:
- The Locate XY dialog can locate on either System coordinates are Computed coordinates. The mode is determined by the Coordinate Readout selected in the Options/Settings dialog. It is sometimes useful to be able to locate on system coordinates especially when you are setting up data for the first time or doing development.
- To save time keying in coordinates to locate on, you can key in both the X and Y in the X’s prompt. You can separate the values by a space, a comma, a semicolon, or a pipe.
- With version 4.0.x.19, you can key in four coordinates in the X’s prompt and a fit will be performed instead of a Locate. Use this feature in conjunction with View/Current View Extents as its output can be pasted directly into the Locate XY dialog.
- All changes to the view performed by the Locate XY dialog are recorded in the View History and are accessible with View/Location History.
- The Default Zoom setting in the dialog is defaulted to the DefaultZoomLevel entry in the [General Info] section of the .gtm file. The default is 500 if it is not set (and may likely be the wrong default zoom level).
- You can remove the Locate XY dialog from the Query menu by adding a LocateXYMenu=0 entry to the [Additional Properties] section of the .gtm file.
These features are really not hidden at all. They are all documented; however, most users do not take the time to research the non-obvious functionality of a simple feature like Locate XY. I hope this entry helps you get more use out of this simple tool.