I need to restore my ArcCatalog template to its original default. I am missing the main tab above the toolbar i.e. edit/file/customize etc...I am running ArcCatalog 10.3 on a Windows 10 operating system.

I understand that I need to delete or rename the existing Normal.gxt file in order to generate a new one. For the life of me I cannot find the template anywhere.

Where is it?

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On my machine which is a Windows 10 computer the normal template that I would delete to restore ArcCatalog to its default settings is here:


  • The only change I had to make to the string was to add my user name (of course) and change the version to 10.3. Seems to me there should be an easier way to get back to default, but I'm a newbie so what do I know. Thank you again....
    – JPSzaboJr
    Feb 13, 2016 at 19:43
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    – PolyGeo
    Feb 13, 2016 at 19:51
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    you can replace the C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming` with the %appdata%` shortcut e.g. %appdata%\Esri\Desktop10.4\ArcCatalog gets me to the same folder on my PC
    – Midavalo
    Feb 13, 2016 at 20:26

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