Map Grid/Graticule Parameters

Option on map toolbar or by right clicking on map window.  This can give you up to 5 grids:

You can set the color and line width for each to try to differentiate.  However, these are designed to allow you to display the correct, single grid, and for educational purposes to see the relationships of the different grids.


Window allows you to modify parameters of the grid on the map. You can:

  • Select UTM grid, lat/long graticule, both, or neither.
  • Pick the maximum screen pixel size for the UTM grid, in meters.  If you want something at much smaller scales, use Map projection zone options.
  • Labels inside map.  This will use less space for the map compared to putting in the margin, but can overpring important map information.
  • Determine if the primary datum grid will be shown.
  • Determine whether or not the secondary datum grid will be plotted. The datum for the main grids is selected in the Options form (Datum tab).  The secondary datum only can be changed on this form. To change the primary datum you must close the map window, select the new primary datum in the Options from (Datum tab) and then reopen the map window.
  • Set tick or grid spacing for the UTM and lat/long graticule.
  • Pick grid color and line weight for primary and secondary grids;
  • Pick intervals for both of the grids.
  • Change secondary datum.
  • Native grid: only available for some projections
  • Native grid: for a DEM that uses an external projection file, such as UK OS grid or SPCS DEMs.
  • Label KML--create a point shapefile, as a separate layer, with grid labels for KML export.
  • Short UTM: the labels can either be the full UTM, or just the two digit short form.  The short form might be more legible on the Google Earth display.
  • KML export: exports grid/graticule to Google Earth.


  To label grid/graticule, use Prepare printer image.

Grid Gallery--options illustrated

Last revised 5/27/2020