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Here is what I have so far...

import arcpy

import arcpy.mapping as map

mxd = map.MapDocument()


And yes I know that map.MapDocument requires an argument, but I want it to automatically select the currently open mxd, and overwrite it. If I can't get it to select the currently open mxd I can use:

> import arcpy
> import arcpy.mapping as map
> mxd = map.MapDocument(C:\GIS\Untitled.mxd)
> mxd.save()

But I would still like it to overwrite the mxd with the changes I just made to it in arcmap. Think of it like the save button except scripted. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Your path should look like this, using arcpy.mapping.MapDocument and surround your path with double quotes and double up your back slash:

mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("C:\\GIS\\Untitled.mxd")


Use string literal:

mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument(r"c:\Temp\MXDs")


Add double quotes and change out backslash to forward slash:

mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("C:/GIS/Untitled.mxd")

If you only have one map document open you can define current map as:

mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")
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Can you set: mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("C:/GIS/Untitled.mxd"); open the mxd in arcmap; make changes; and save via mxd.save() ? –  gm70560 May 1 '13 at 16:56
Thanks bud, The "CURRENT" option solved my problem –  J-roc May 1 '13 at 17:26

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