Tips and Tricks in the 64-bit environment: MapInfo Discover

Some tips to making the most of the new 64-bit environment and capabilities, particularly of MapInfo Pro.

While you are learning the new interface, you are able to still install and run the last of the old 32bit version, 2015. 
Note this is no longer supported or patched.

1. I can't find my favourite/essential tools!!

Try typing the name or appropriate keyword into the Tool Search at the top right of the MapInfo Discover interface, note many tools have different names so search for keywords about their functions:


"I still cannot find that tool!". Certain tools and functionality have been either replaced or retired from MapInfo Discover 64-bit. See this article for a complete listing.

2. Disable MapInfo Pro's automatic Ribbon Tab Switching

When opening a drillhole project, do you get frustrated when MapInfo Pro then automatically changes to the MAP tab?

Disable this behaviour by navigating to the PRO>Options>Application option, and setting the 'Ribbon Tab Switching' setting to <None>.


3. I want commonly used commands, like Select, Zoom, Pan, etc, always in the same place.

There is a new floating toolbar, which contains frequently used functions if you right click in a map -

You can also configure the Quick Access Toolbar (top left of the screen) with your favourite & essential commands, so they are always accessible from the same location, regardless of which tab you have open, or whether the current window is a browser, mapper or layout.

An example of a customized Quick Access Toolbar is shown below, with commonly used tools such as Open, Save and Close All Tables, in addition to Zoom, Pan and Select/Clear Selection:


To customize, simply find the menu item you wish to add and right click on it, there will be an option to Add to Quick Access Toolbar -

Note that Discover and 3rd party add-ins menus were not supported to add to the QAT.

4. Using multiple screens / monitors.

  1) Open a Browser or Map tabbed window.

  2) Right click on its tab, and select 'Floating'.


  3) Drag the now floating window onto your secondary screen.
  4) If desired, maximize this floating window.

5. What is happening with my layouts? Changing the Map windows doesn't change the layout!
The Layout Designer now clones and duplicates the original map window when it is added to a layout. Hence, you will now have 2 maps in the Explorer window, suffixed :1 and :2 etc.
To modify the map in a layout -
1. Double left click within the map frame area OR right click and select Activate
2. Noticed it is highlight with a Blue frame
3. Then zoom/pan and make changes in the layer control, all options in the MAP menu are now enabled
4. To de-activate and go back to LAYOUT frame mode, left click anywhere in the Layout window outside of the activated frame.

For more tips on the layout, see -

A live demonstration of this is found here -

6. I can't add my legend to the layout!

Use the Layout>Legend option to create a new legend. Or, if you already have a customised a legend for the map, create a New Layout using the LAYOUT menu, and select Map>Map Name. this will automatically add the associated legend for the map to the layout.

Note this will split the legend, into separate frames for each layer/table in the legend.
If you wish to have a white solid background in the legend frame, simply right click and select Frame Properties. In here set the fill to solid black, with a foreground colour of white. You can also set a border line style.

7. Where do I find all the stuff normally under Help?

The MapInfo Pro ribbon interface uses a 'backstage' area under the PRO tab.

For MapInfo Discover specific Help content, videos, product updates, etc, navigate to PRO>Add Ins>MapInfo Discover:


To configure MapInfo Discover, e.g. file paths, display options, notifications, etc, navigate to PRO>Options>MapInfo Discover>Configuration:


8. Hide certain tabs, such as Drillholes or Discover 3D

Navigate to the PRO>Options>MapInfo Discover>Configuration option. In the 'Ribbons' tab, deselect the unrequired Tabs. Note that this will require a MapInfo Discover Bundle restart for the changes to be implemented.


These changes will be remembered for future sessions of the MapInfo Discover Bundle.

9. Try different Ribbon interfaces.

Everyone works differently, for example some users are data type focussed, whilst others are action/workflow-orientated. MapInfo Discover ships with a number of different ribbon layouts to help cater for these.

Navigate to the PRO>Options>MapInfo Discover>Configuration option, and on the 'Ribbons' tab, select a different Ribbon. Note that this will require a MapInfo Discover Bundle restart for the change to take affect.


This change will be remembered for future MapInfo Discover Bundle sessions.

10. Where do I find the Surfaces module functionality?

The SURFACES menu has been added back in Discover 2017, but is strongly recommended to use the new RASTER tab.
Have a look at the capabilities in new RASTER tab, the GIS industry's most advanced raster grid analysis solution. The majority of the Surfaces module capabilities are present in the RASTER tab. This article discusses some of the current limitations migrating from Surfaces -> MapInfo Pro Raster, as well as workarounds.

A list of Surfaces capabilities not currently in MapInfo Pro Raster can be found here.

The Hydrology module can be found on the ANALYSIS tab.


10. The legacy Enhanced Layer Control is missing. How can I iterate previous views?

This function was re-implemented as a new feature in Discover 2017 Update under DISCOVER>Windows>Previous View and Next view.

11. Ten more tips for using the MapInfo Pro Ribbon interface

Check out this article in the MapInfo Pro Journal.

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