When i run this code (in arcView 10.3) in order to check the data frame extent, i received "NaN NaN" result with the exact data frame. I don't understand why python print this out? I checked in http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/desktop/latest/analyze/arcpy-mapping/dataframe-class.htm but didn't find any answer.

import arcpy

mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument(r"D:\desktop\Project\project.mxd")
df = arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mxd,'*')[0]
print df.name
print df.extent
del mxd

The result is:

126169.249888028 611217.599085453 149776.35592577 627939.29919552 NaN NaN NaN NaN

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The reason you get the NaN-values is the following. If you look at the extent properties, described on the following page http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/desktop/latest/analyze/arcpy-classes/extent.htm, you see the object has four more properties. These properties aren't set by default, so you'll get the NaN 'error'.

If you only want to display the XMin, YMin, XMax & YMax values you need to replace print df.extent with the following:

print str(df.extent.XMin)+ " " + str(df.extent.YMin) + " " + str(df.extent.XMax) + " " + str(df.extent.YMax)

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