I created this map on arcGIS 10.2 and was going to finish it in layout view. The first click on layout toggle gave me a little colored square, second time gave a very tiny square, then nothing. i tried opening a template then bringing the map into the frame but that did not work either. Any suggestions?

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    can you see the properties when you right click on the little square ? Size and position could help
    – radouxju
    Oct 5, 2014 at 19:45
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    When in Layout view you could try using the Layout toolbar's Zoom Whole Page button, and then edit your question to include a picture of what the whole page looks like, please?
    – PolyGeo
    Oct 5, 2014 at 21:39

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I had a user struggling with this earlier. When you switched to layout view, you saw a very tiny small blue square and that was it. By closing the map and changing the printer/page layout to 'scale to fit' while we were still in data view and then opening layout view it worked.

Next step was deleting normal.mxt and replacing.

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