You set up your mxd in a folder. However, when you copy and paste to a different folder, the Map Document Properties does not update the document path when you save a new mxd with a different title. It brings to the new folder from the previous folder ? I want to change that and how do I do that ?

  • generally you don't want to copy/paste mxd documents. (arcmap/arcview has never liked that). There is a save, saveas, and save copy that would help alleviate the problems you are having with the path.
    – Brad Nesom
    Jul 14 '15 at 20:47
  • i'm using 10.2.2. the Map Document Properties updates whether I "Save As" or copy/paste like a regular file. Are you meaning the data remains pointed at the old path?
    – JasonT
    Jul 14 '15 at 22:05

It sounds like your talking about using relative paths.

You can set the MXD to use relative paths by going to File ---> Map Document Properties and checking the Store relative pathnames to data sources:

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If you want this to be the default setting for all new MXDs, you can go into the Customize menu ---> ArcMap Options and on the General tab check the Make relative paths the default for new map documents:

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