When loading any layer into ArcMap (with drag-and-drop), it is automatically displayed/rendered into the canvas. I didn't find any option for disabling this behavior. Any suggestion?

  • It sounds like you want a layer to be added with its visibility checkbox unticked. At worst I think you will be able to do this with ArcPy's AddLayer. – PolyGeo Feb 24 '17 at 9:29
  • @PolyGeo, thanks for the tip. Since I'm not familiar with ArcMap, I preferred the solution without ArcPy. – mgri Feb 24 '17 at 10:03

"When you uncheck the Make newly added layers visible by default option on the General tab of the ArcMap Options dialog box, new layers that you add will appear in the table of contents but not be automatically turned on (drawn on the map)...."

This is in the tip on this page: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/map/working-with-layers/adding-layers-to-a-map.htm

...also, more details of options here: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/map/working-with-arcmap/setting-arcmap-options.htm


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