Using the Scale
The Settings menu lets you change settings that apply to all
windows. These are:
- Measurement units – selects the units used when distances,
speeds, or elevations are displayed. Here you can choose any or
all of Metric, Statute (customary), or Nautical units. By default,
Metric will be used.
This submenu is dynamic; when you uncheck an item it is moved to
the bottom of the list and when you check an item it is moved above
any unchecked items. This lets you control the order in which units
are displayed (also, the top item is always selected and is used
for the Scale).
- Coordinate formats – changes the format used for displaying
Latitude and Longitude (these are: degrees°minutes′seconds″,
degrees°minutes, and decimal degrees with 5 or 6 fractional digits);
please see Coordinate formats for details.
- Waypoints style – changes the style of displayed Waypoints
and Route waypoints; these may be shown as icons, drawn ‘X’ symbols
(Small, Medium, Large, or Extra large), or a mixture of these; for
more details, see Using icons.
- Mark line widths – changes the width of all displayed
routes, tracks, area borders, and waypoint ‘X’ symbols (Light, Medium,
- Status display – lets you customize the status shown
at the top left of the map, and whether map status (zoom level and
copyright information) is displayed at the bottom right. You can
vary the opaqueness of the background of status information; see
The status displayed varies according to whether the cursor is over
the map or over a Mark (track, route, waypoint, or area). The options
are all on by default (except for Show GPX elevations and Show
captions) and are:
- Show position lat/lon – shows the latitude and longitude
corresponding to the cursor position when the cursor is over the
map or over a track, route, or waypoint. When over the map, the
elevation will also be shown if elevation data is available. The
map position latitude and longitude (and elevation, if available)
can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the map and choosing
the Details menu item (which shows what will be copied).
- Show route status – shows information about a route (e.g.,
its name if it has one and its length) when the cursor is over, or
dragging, part of a route or a route waypoint. For the length, the
distance units are selected as described above. Key statistics can
be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the route and choosing
the Details menu item.
- Show track status – shows information about a track (e.g.,
its name if it has one, its length, the time when a point on the
track was recorded, and the speed at that time) when the cursor is
over part of a track. For the length and speed, the distance units
are selected as described above. Key statistics can be copied to
the clipboard by right-clicking on the track and choosing the Details
- Show waypoint status – shows information about a waypoint
(e.g., its name if it has one, its position, and the time when it
was recorded if known) when the cursor is over a waypoint. The icon
name will also be displayed if one is assigned and the icon is visible.
Key statistics can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on
the waypoint and choosing the Details menu item.
- Show area coordinates – shows the latitude and longitude
of the bottom left (South West, SW) and top right (North East, NE)
corners of the area when the cursor is over, or dragging, the border
of an area. Key statistics can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking
on the area’s border and choosing the Details menu item.
- Show links – shows any primary link (URL, Universal Resource
Locator) of a track, route, or point. If the link has link text
(see Mark properties), this is shown instead of the URL.
- Show captions – shows the description of a track, route,
or point, if known. This setting is off by default because captions
are often generic, or a copy of the name or position.
- Show GPX elevations – shows the recorded elevation of a waypoint
or point on a track, if known. This setting is off by default because
recorded elevations are often unreliable.
- Show map zoom level – shows the current zoom level of the
map at the bottom right.
- Show map copyrights – displays the copyright information
for a map (if available) at the bottom right.
- Cursor style – chooses default ‘arrow’ cursor or a custom
cursor for precision positioning.
- Use system cursors – uses system cursors, including the default
‘arrow’ cursor for item selection.
- Use crosshair cursor – changes the default ‘arrow’ cursor
to a coloured cursor for precision positioning.
- Scale settings – changes the settings for the Scale bar:
- Show Scale – check or uncheck to show/hide the Scale.
- Scale properties – change the target width or colour of the
- Reset Scale position – to put the Scale at bottom-left of
- Console settings – changes the console and diagnostic
- Show console – displays a console window; this is primarily
used for viewing error messages and diagnostics – if some action
does not work as expected it may be helpful to turn the console on
and check it for messages on retrying the action.
- Show extra diagnostics – displays more detailed diagnostics
on the console.
- Show received messages – displays each Windows message as
it is received by MapGazer; this setting is quite verbose and may
slow the normal operation of MapGazer.
All the above settings are saved in a file (MapGazer.ini) provided
that the folder containing MapGazer.exe is writable. Also saved
are details of the map and viewpoint last viewed, the last-loaded
GPX file, transparencies (of overlay map, marks, and status) custom
colours, and the screen positions of the console and last-viewed