In ArcMap, the file that contains one map, its layout, and its associated layers, tables, charts, and reports.

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Converting ArcGIS (*.mxd) file to QGIS (*.qgs) file?

I recently tried to use QGIS and I wondered if you can convert a draft ArcGIS map (*.mxd file) into a QGIS project (*.qgs file). This would avoid thematize the entire project.
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Running Python Script when opening MXD?

Can anyone tell me how to accomplish this? I want a Python script to run on opening the MXD which would pull an excel worksheet into a GDB and refresh the map. I only want this to happen in this ...
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What makes a MXD file size larger and how to decrease its size?

I know that MXD contains information about layers, symbology and configuration of default tools. I have a few that are exceeding 50 MB and are starting to take a while to load up. What are some of ...
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Are ArcGIS *.lyr and *.mxd data format specs published?

Are the binary formats of *.lyr and *.mxd files published?
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ArcPy method to determine ArcMap document version

Is there a way with ArcPy to identify the version of a Map Document (MXD). I am working on a solution to inventory our MXD's and would like to know if a document is 8.1, 9.2, 10.0, etc. I am ...
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How do you deal with (repair/avoid) broken MXD\LYR paths?

In relation to this question ... In the past, whenever I cleaned up a bit and moved layers around (or changed their names) my MXD's paths were broken and it was time-consuming to correct them. I'd ...
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Which Esri software is needed to open MXD files?

I received a group of MXD, AHD, and XML files on a CD from a client. What is the least expensive Esri software that would be needed to view the information contained in the MXD files? I only ...
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How can I speed up slow-loading, template-generated MXDs?

I have an ArcMap template (.mxt) file which causes .mxd documents created with it to take 5-10 minutes to load (if it ever loads). Even after stripping out all the data sources and tables, the issue ...
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How to keep track of changes (version control) to MXD files?

I am trying to use ArcMap for the first time, so please bear with me and don't down vote the question. My superior at the work place has asked me to do some research about the life cycle of an .mxd ...
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Making Map Document (*.mxd) Locked/Uneditable?

I am wondering if its possible to create a locked map document? I have a document that multiple users will be accessing and as a way of preventing them from making any accidental errors, am wondering ...
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How to Batch export MXD to PDF files?

Nico Burgerhart made a fantastic script called "Batch export MXD to PDF" back in 2008. http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=14872 Any ideas how to implement it in ArcGIS 10? Something ...
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Benchmarking MXD vs MSD performance?

Has anyone seen any publically available benchmarks of MSDs vs MXDs? If we ignore the fact that as part of the MSD publishing process, we run it through some validators with the map service ...
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Can QGIS projects be opened in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am about to start a project with a number of people for a nonprofit organization. I am wanting to create the files in QGIS, but some of the people that I am working with are city officials and might ...
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Is there a free and open-source MXD to SLD converter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to edit or convert ArcGIS 10 layer style to a SLD’s file I'm trying to set up a web map server for one of the government agencies in my country. Server setup's done (...
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Is it possible to add an ArcMap map to a report in Access?

I am using Access to create printable maps where I can change parameters (border colors) on the fly... Currently, I am exporting the maps to JPEG then pulling them in. I would like to import MXD ...
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Where to find .mxd examples for ArcGIS 10

I'm beginner of ArcGIS . I'm trying to learn how to use ArcMap. I would like to find some example MXD files for ArcMap, but couldn't find anything googling. Does anyone have any idea where can i find ...
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Labels missing after conversion from *.mxd to *.kml?

I've been trying to convert a map from .mxd to .kml for google earth. The map has municipalities labeled as well as train stations. When I save it and open it in Google Earth, only the train station ...
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Changing grid interval using ArcPy?

I work with ArcGIS 10.3 (Python 2.7.8) and I need to change the grid interval in 70 MXD's. I tried to find Python code that can do it. Currently, the interval in each MXD is 200 meters and I need to ...
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How can I edit/create new Normal.mxt template in ArcGIS 10.1?

I used to work with .mxt templates often back in version 9 and 8 but things seems to have changed since then. I realized that my new documents are loading a style file I don't want to to be loaded ...
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Do Label Expressions Slow Down Drawing Speed?

Further to my earlier question about using different fonts on the same PC, I am wondering if label expressions would slow down drawing speed for a MXD? Here is my label expression: def FindLabel ( [...
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Move .SHP from .MXD to gdb [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to move SHP to gdb with ArcView license? Let's cut it short, I have numerous mxd with layer coming from .SHP and various servers WMS that I need to move to a gdb. What ...
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Exporting MXD layout view to GeoTIFF?

It my be old issue, but I can't find right solution. How to produce GeoTIFF from layout view not from data view? Any simple solution?
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Is it possible to convert ArcGIS .mxd to QGIS .qgs without having ArcGIS installed? [duplicate]

I was reading How to convert an .mxd file to a .qgs file?. It looks as though this only works with ArcGIS 10. I would like to do this, but am unable to install things on the computer that has ...
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Is it possible to drive one mxd (pan) using a different mxd with python?

I have 2 mxd's. mxdA and mxdB They both show different data, but are both in the same coordinate system. I want to be able to sync mxdB with mxdA, so that if I pan / zoom in mxdA, I can then, with ...
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Export .mxd to .dxf

Converting a .mxd to .dxf is something we need to do, and we do not only need the layers but also the layout of a map on our .mxd to be transfered to .dxf. I've done some research on the internet but ...
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Why do I lose my printer settings when saving a copy of mxd from ArcPy?

Judging from the answer to this question, one cannot change the page size etc from ArcPy, so I set up my "template" mxds so my script can save a new copy of it, change data sources etc. This methods ...
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ArcMap MXD into exe file?

Is there any way to make an ArcMap mxd doc into a simple exe file so that one who does not have ArcGIS can view my work?
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Use ArcPy to rename MXD layers

I have a MXD with some layers that have parentheses in them. I'd like to rename them via script. Is this a valid approach? import re map = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT") layers = arcpy.mapping....
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Can ArcGIS Explorer open *.mxd files?

This is perhaps a silly question but can ArcGIS Explorer open a .mxd file? I can't seem to find a definite answer online and I can't download it until I know the answer.
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How to access all mxd files in a folder?

I'm a beginner to Python and am trying to figure out how I can access several mxds in a folder. For example, when I want to use the AnalyzeforMSD function in ArcGIS: import arcpy mxd = arcpy.mapping....
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How can I print a bunch of Arcmap mxd's all at once?

I have a folder with a dozen Arcmap compositions (.mxd files) I need to print. They're all ready to go, I don't need to do any editing. Do I really have to open up each one, wait to refresh, and press ...
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Store “template” mxds inside model

Since the ability to store mxds inside a file gdb is still just an idea, I've been mulling over my options for using a "template" mxd within a model. My model uses 4 different mxds, but currently it ...
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Updating ArcMap links to ArcSDE Geodatabase feature classes?

I've seen questions about attemting to repair a .mxd file with broken links. What I would like to do is get ahead of this issue and "fix" it before it becomes a problem. I have my data in an ArcSDE ...
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Embedding Images in map layouts and documents (*.mxd)?

I wanted to place some images in my map layout but I found that images are not embedded in the MXD files so now, after I deleted them, I've lost the graphics and have to do them again. Is here any ...
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Unable to cast COM object (IMapServer --> IMapServerObjects)

I have just deployed an AGS-based application to our web server. This app worked great in development, but after deployment to the server I got the following error: Unable to cast COM object of type '...
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How do I remove username / password from an ArcGIS mxd?

When you create an mxd and use layers from a database connection where you are using "Database authentication" and clicked "Save username and password" and share the mxd with others, why are others ...
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Importing MXD to ArcGIS Pro programmatically?

I have a problem with importing an MXD file to ArcGIS Pro programatically. I try to do this by using the following arcpy.mp code: import arcpy aprx = arcpy.mp.ArcGISProject(r"C:\test\blank.aprx") ...
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Search MXDs for feature class

I've inherited a large somewhat messy database and am attempting to clean it up a bit. Does anyone know if it is possible to search a database to see what arcGIS map documents use a feature class? I'd ...
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Replace the data source for several layers in several mxds - from shapefiles to the ARCSDE data source [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Permanently replace/update SDE server + service in each SDE Layer in an MXD First let me say I have probably read every link regarding changing DATA Sources on the internet ...
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arcgis 10, python update raster of mxd file

i wanted to update the raster file in a mxd file using python. for example, i created a.mxd which contains b.tif file in it. now, i obtained c.tif and want to update the a.mxd, i.e. want to delete b....
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Publish MXD to server in ArcObjects C#

I have an MXD that I would like to publish to an ArcGIS server using C# ArcObjects (preferably as an MSD). I have been unable to find anything regarding this. Essentially I would like to implement the ...
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Countries mxd file?

Anyone know where I can get a decent mxd file that has country boundaries. Currently I'm using the world.mxd file that comes with ArcObjects; however, what I really am looking for is one that has all ...
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Improving performance of looping over MXDs using ArcPy?

I am attempting to find the fastest method for looping over multiple map documents while keeping memory resources down. I'm running this script outside of Arcmap 10. I have 5 map documents which are ...
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MXDs don't open by double-clicking outside ArcMap, but do open from within ArcMap?

If I try to open any MXD by double-clicking it from Windows Explorer or ArcCatalog, ArcMap fails to open. I can see in Task Manager that ArcGISFileHandler.exe briefly runs, then closes, but ArcMap....
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Removing a Table from several MXD-Files using ArcPy

I'm trying to remove a certain Table (xlsx-File) from some MXD-Files using python, but I can't finguring out how. I tried the code sniplet for removing: import arcpy, os from arcpy import env ...
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How to enumerate ArcGIS Server 10 map services with ArcPy

I need to connect to ArcGIS server with ArcPy and enumerate over map services. I need to: Loop through each ArcGIS server map service Stop/Start the service Get the service source document (MXD/MSD) ...
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Listing data sources in ArcGIS map (*.mxd) without opening it?

Is there any routine I can use to read the data sources out of mxd´s without waiting 30 seconds to open each one? I need to create lists of all data sources as we are migrating data and altering our ...
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Checking .mxd version using ArcPy?

I am looking for a way to check the mxd version of a bunch of mxds. I found a script here at ArcPy method to determine ArcMap document version I am using ArcGIS 10.3.1 on my desktop. It goes through ...
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Exporting mxd to image with transparent background from ArcGIS for Desktop?

I cannot get ArcMap 10.0 or 10.1 to "Export Map" to a png or gif with a transparent background -- no matter what I set the background and transparent colors to. Thus, I created the following script, ...
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Why does ArcGIS map document (MXD) appear empty of data?

A colleague created a map for me using ArcGIS for Desktop and emailed it to me in another state. I was able to open the document using ArcGIS for Desktop but no map appears, why? She also sent it to ...