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.

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:


"I still cannot find that tool!". Certain tools and functionality have been either replaced (e.g. the Surfaces module) or retired from MapInfo Discover 2015.2 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.

You can 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, select the drop down arrow at the far right of the Quick Access Toolbar, and choose the More Commands menu option:


In the following dialog, select the Quick Access Toolbar option from the left-hand list, and then move the desired commands to the far-right list (these can also be re-ordered for convenience):


4. Using multiple screens / monitors.

  a/. Open a Browser or Map tabbed window.

  b/. Right click on its tab, and select 'Floating'.


  c/. Drag the now floating window onto your secondary screen.
  d/. 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. Double click in the layout frame, to highlight it"blue" and then zoom/pan and make changes in the layer control.
For more tips on the layout, see -

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 autoamtically add the associated legend for the map to the layout.

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.

Don't like these options, and want something different? Let us know through the PBIdeas portal.

10. Where do I find the Surfaces module functionality?

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.

Less popular/niche Surfaces capabilities can still be accessed through your 32-bit version of MapInfo Discover, which can be installed and licensed on the same machine as the 64-bit Bundle. 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.


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

Check out this article in the MapInfo Pro Journal.

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