GIS Tip: Loading ESRI Basemaps Faster with Defined Scales

Can’t get an ESRI basemap to load or tired of it taking forever to refresh? Try changing the scale setting to only use defined scales that Google Maps, Bing Maps and ArcGIS Online use for their tile cache generations. From my test it improved performance and loading times. See step below for set-up.

  • Click the drop-down for the scale
  • Click Customize This List…
  • Click Load


  • Click ArcGIS Online/Bing Maps/Google Maps
  • Click checkmark to on Only display these scales when zooming