Tip: Minimizing the Scene Viewer UI

In ArcGIS Online you can create interactive scenes using the Scene Viewer. A scene is symbolized 3D geospatial content that includes a multiscale basemap, a collection of 2D and 3D layers, and configurations that allow you to visualize and analyze geographic information in an interactive 3D environment.

When using the Scene Viewer, a complete set of tools is available to select basemaps, control the environment, toggle layers, search, and if logged in, edit and modify the scene. The Scene Viewer also includes UI options to navigate within your organization.

This example shows a scene using the full user interface:

If you want to share a scene using the Scene Viewer, but want to eliminate unneeded tools and menus, add &ui=min to the scene viewer URL. This will hide all but the map and slide navigation tools.

For example, the URL below opens a scene with the default Scene Viewer interface:


The URL below opens the scene with a minimal user interface:


When you mouse over the scene, additional UI elements will appear, such as the slide gallery and basic navigation tools.

The minimized UI is useful when embedding scenes in web pages, or when using scene URLs in story maps, like the Story Map Journal shown below.

For more information see Get started with scenes and Story Map Journal overview.

This post was originally published on July 29, 2017, and has been udpated.

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  1. xzhang_usa says:

    Can we turn off menu bar on top and keep toolbar inside of scene like using $ui=min?

  2. xzhang_dewberry says:

    HI Bem,

    Can you tell me if I can pass map extent parameter to the Web Scene Url just like &ui=min?


    Xiaoyi Zhang

  3. tbhanke says:

    This is a great tool. However, it would be nice if we could hide the top bar, but keep the layers and legend available. I’m trying to provide something to a client and want to keep it simple, but they need to be able to navigate the layers (turn them on and off).

    • Bern Szukalski says:

      While there are a variety of simple configurable apps that focus on the map and provide the layer and navigation tools you need, those don’t exist currently for scenes. However they are in-progress, and you can expect several options to be delivered with the next ArcGIS Online update in February.