MapInfo Tips

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This page contains a brief introduction to the MapInfo software. A number of MapInfo tasks which are repeatedly used in creating a TUFLOW model are described below, each of these has a separate page. If you have any suggestions to be included in these pages, please add them to the discussion page. Please add MapInfo Suggestions Here!.

MapInfo File Formats

A number of files with the same name but different extensions make up a MapInfo table. A brief description of the MapInfo file formats, in particular the MapInfo Interchange (.MIF and .MID) are provided here: MapInfo File Formats.


In this section are some basic MapInfo functions that are regularly used in creating TUFLOW models in MapInfo.

  1. Import a .MIF/.MID
  2. Export a .MIF/.MID
  3. Layer Control
  4. Editing a Table
  5. Incrementing a Table
  6. Change Data Attributes

Tips and Tricks

  1. Pack Table
  2. Move Snapped Nodes
  3. Display Vertices (Nodes) on Polygons and Lines
  4. Setting Default Style from an Existing Layer
  5. Digitising Along Common Boundary or Object
  6. Hotlinking (Open Data in external program)
  7. Setting the Number of Undo Objects
  8. Labelling Numbers using Fixed Number of Decimal Places
  9. Selecting Subsets
  10. Concatenating Labels
  11. Using MapInfo String Functions
  12. Joining Tables (Updating a table with data from a second table)
  13. MapInfo Find Information Window
  14. Create a Projection Shortlist for commonly used projections
  15. Thematic mapping (Symbology)
  16. 1D Result Viewer
  17. Creating a Google Earth KMZ file
  18. Change Attribute Data Type

MapInfo Add-ons

  1. Encom Discover
  2. miTools
  3. Vertical Mapper

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