How to filter out some shapes to in map window ?

Jul 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM
I have big street shape file of all California roads. It takes a very long time whenever I make the map window to redraw the map (zoom in, zoom out, moving the map around ...) . I wonder if there is any ways to tell the map windows to render only a certain number of streets based on a specific extent. That way I can improve the overall performance of my application. Any help would be appreciated.

Vu Tran,