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A couple times a month, I check out the various tips and tricks CW posts on StackOverflow and always learn something new.

I went back and forth as to whether to pin this question to a specific program of a specific, major version of GIS software. Given the amount of change to the ux, I think ArcGIS Desktop 10 should get its own Tips and Tricks question and will be a great resource for new ArcGIS users and ArcGIS 10 users upgrading from 9.3.

Hope to see some good tips that aren't already covered in the ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Tips and Shortcuts.

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nice topic and tip. –  George Sep 17 '10 at 18:22
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I like the new create feature templates in ArcGIS 10, but if you prefer the old method, you can revert by setting by running ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Utilities\AdvancedArcMapSettings.exe, clicking the Editor tab, and unchecking Create features using templates and restarting ArcMap. alt text

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ArcCatalog

  • Slow listing of folders?
    1. Make sure that ArcCatalog Options --> Contents have only Name,Type checked on. Don't check any metadata columns either.
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This isn't a UI tip but it most certainly applies to ArcGIS 10. If you're a developer of extensions then you must use ESRI's new registration model; specifically you'll need to use the ESRIRegAsm utility. More info here.

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Not to mention the new Runtime binding requirement. goo.gl/ZSTi That one got me again today. –  Jay Cummins Sep 23 '10 at 19:07
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ArcBruTile is a great bolt on for Desktop

ArcBruTile display tiles from OpenStreetMap, Bing, Google and SpatialCloud in ArcGIS Desktop.

ArcBruTile supports: all projections; client side caching; ArcGIS 9.3 and 10. TMS support alt text

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Does this require an Admin prividige ? I am using Windows 7 now. –  PROBERT Nov 5 '12 at 17:30
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It's not just the software that can boost performance of ArcGIS.

A lot of tips and tricks that improve ArcGis 9.2 are here ( from http://mapperz.blogspot.com ).

(They just need updating for ArcGIS 10 + Windows7 and require admin privileges.)

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"The problem is to make ArcMap run faster it would have to be re-architected and re-engineered, something ESRI will not do because it would be too expensive. The reasons why it is slow now is because 1) the entire software is implemented in COM (big mistake), 2) there are way too many DLLs in the system, and 3) many ESRI engineers do have a clue on how to write software that has performance in mind. " from James Fees Comments MikeC spatiallyadjusted.com/2010/06/18/… –  Mapperz Sep 18 '10 at 19:56
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"do" --> "do not", I presume. (It seems unfair to speculate about the programmers in this way. Surely the ultimate decisions about performance are marketing driven and determined by the person who controls the company.) –  whuber Sep 27 '10 at 18:20
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Field Calculator not calculating fields, but not returning an error? Try saving your edits first, then calculating.

http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/10185-Issue-with-Field-Calculator?p=31878&viewfull=1#post31878

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If your field calculator isn't working and fails with a "There was a failure during processing, check the Geoprocessing Results window for details.", check for a forward slash in the layer name. video: http://drop.io/w1nca2k

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One of my biggest timesavers in ArcMap, when I need to pan and zoom a lot, is the b key:

  • while holding b and the left mouse button, moving the mouse up/down will zoom in/out; or,
  • while holding b and the right mouse button, moving the mouse will pan in the direction of movement.

Never again will you waste time switching between all the Zoom/Pan tools! As far as I know, this works in all versions of ArcMap (certainly 9.3 and newer).

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"There was a failure during processing, check the Geoprocessing Results window for details.", this also happens if a field name of the layer that you are field_calculating has a trailling "" underscore. Remove the "" and it works as it should.

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