I have a folder where there is an (mxd file + another folder containing some shapefiles I work on). I am exchanging this folder with a group of users. We work together on a project, and everytime a user wants to open it he gets those red exclamation marks and has to set-up a new shapefile source.

Is there a way to make ArcMap recognise automatically this source ?

It's becoming frustrating to change the source every time.

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    What version are you using? In 10.x, within the MXD itself, under File | Properties, there is an option to store relative pathnames. – smiller Nov 14 at 15:16
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Check out the relative path names option: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/tools/supplement/pathnames-explained-absolute-relative-unc-and-url.htm#GUID-5118AC85-57E4-4027-AC24-FB6E99FADEFF

By ticking the box to store relative paths ArcMap will remember the location of the ShapeFiles within the folder you're sharing, even if that folder has moved to a different computer.

It can be found:

File > Map Document Properties

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