This tool has always been welcomed by users every time it is mentioned over the years.
The idea behind this tool is it allows you to create a bookmark for a specific map view and allows you to return to this bookmarked view at any time (similar to saving your favourite webpages as bookmarks in your internet browser for easy access anytime).
It can be a very effective time-saver if you need to pan or zoom to specific locations within your maps on a regular basis. For example, if you have a bunch of store locations across a country, named views could be used to save the view of each store location therefore making it very convenient to change the map view directly to the specified store location in just two clicks!
Using Named Views
TIP – the ordering of the Named Views list can be modified by dragging and dropping an individual view up or down.
Grouping lists by folders
Sharing lists of Named Views
The list of Named Views is saved to a file named nviews.xml. This file can be accessed via C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\MapInfo\MapInfo\.
This file can be copied and distributed accordingly where required. For example, when using MapInfo Pro on a new machine or sharing it with colleagues who are working within the same study areas. You may wish to keep a copy of your original named views file and restore it when required.
Accessing the Named Views tool
The Named Views tool can be accessed in MapInfo Pro 64-bit version via HOME tab > Tool Extensions > Registered tab > look for 'Named Views' in the list then hover the cursor over it and click on the 'Load Tool' symbol (a symbol which contains a spanner). It should then appear under the Running tab and you can right-click on it and then click on 'Open Named Views…' to access it.
For users on MapInfo Pro 32-bit version via Tools > Tool Manager... > look for 'Named Views' in the list and enable the 'Loaded' checkbox > OK. You can then access via Tools > Named Views > Named Views…