I am using ArcGIS Desktop 10.

When would one use this check box when exporting a map? I never use it, but I see it.

Here's the check box, it shows up when you're in Layout view and go to File > Export Map:

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It's used to eliminate any whitespace you may have around your layout in the output file. For example, I have some MXDs set up to print on a specific paper size with specific margins, so that the maps I print can be 3-hole punched or bound without the holes affecting the map window. But sometimes I don't care about that and just want everything to fill the page. That's when you use that checkbox.

Here's the upper-left corner of a map layout with the box unchecked, my whitespace is there: enter image description here

And with the box checked, it's clipped to just my map elements:

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I believe ArcGIS just looks for the limits of all map elements (data frames, north arrows, any other graphics or text boxes, etc) and clips the output to that.

  • Can you post a screen clip of where this check box exists? – cartoscience Nov 18 '14 at 22:21
  • I added one to the question. It only shows up if you're in Layout view, if you're in Data Frame view it's missing. I'm pretty sure it's in v10.0, I think I remember using it (and it crashing ArcGIS) in v9.x. – Dan C Nov 18 '14 at 22:25
  • Indeed only in Layout view. I never noticed that. I guess since I don't check it. I remember seeing it back in 9.3ish? – Jennifer Nov 18 '14 at 22:26
  • Thanks for the screen shot. I couldn't figure out how to add one. – Jennifer Nov 18 '14 at 22:27
  • Thanks Dan C. It does pull all things in layout view - so if you have something outside the view, it draws the box to everything. I guess that is why it's use didn't make sense to me. – Jennifer Nov 18 '14 at 22:30

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