Scissors Tool

The Scissors Tool breaks routes, tracks, or shapes into two parts. The primary use for this tool is to clean up track logs from older GPS receivers, which often have a long, straight line connecting two recordings that you would like to treat as separate tracks. Clicking on the offending line breaks the track into two tracks. Contrast this behavior with the Split command, which splits (or slices), rather than breaks, a track into two parts. Using the Split command results in two tracks, with no visible gap between them. Using the Scissors tool or the Break command results in two tracks, with a visible gap between them.

To select the Scissors Tool, do the following:

  1. View a map
  2. Then, do one of the following:
    • On the Tools menu, click Scissors Tool.
    • Press C.
    • Click the Scissors ToolScissors Tool button on the Map toolbar.
  3. The cursor will change to Scissors Tool cursor

Breaking a route, track, or shape into two parts

To break an item into two parts, click it.

Breaking a track or shape into two parts by removing the Selection

To break linear route, track, or shape into two parts and discard the Selection, do the following

  1. Using the Select Tool, create a track or shape Selection.
  2. Select the Scissors Tool.
  3. Click the Selection.

Deleting items on the map

To delete an item, do the following

  1. Hold down the Shift key.
  2. Click the item to delete.

Quickly switching to the Select Tool

To switch to the Select Tool, hold down the Ctrl key.

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