I am in the process of learning ArcGIS Desktop, and as I was working through the tutorial provided to me, I was told to create a new layer group by right-clicking on "layers" in a new blank map, and choosing "new layer group" from the menu.

My issue is that it does not work, it does respond (screen twitches) but it doesn't show a new window for it.

This is on ArcGIS 10.5.1, and on a personal laptop.

I am looking for suggestions for a workaround for this issue.


It should just make a new, empty group layer in your table of contents. You should see 'New Group Layer'.

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You can drag other layers into this group layer and collectively toggle them on/off as needed.

As a workaround you can always CTRL + click multiple layers, right click one of them, and select 'Group'. This will create a Group Layer automatically rather than creating an empty one.

  • It should do that, but for some reason it isn't. – ElizB Feb 12 '19 at 20:07
  • @ElizB does your Table of Contents change at all? Have you tried restarting ArcMap and/or your machine? ArcMap can be pretty finicky – Tigerwoulds Feb 12 '19 at 20:08
  • i tried rebooting multiple times, table of contents does not change at all. – ElizB Feb 12 '19 at 20:09
  • Hmm that is odd behavior. As a workaround you can always ctrl + click multiple layers, then right click one of them and select 'Group'. This will make a Group Layer automatically rather than making an empty one. – Tigerwoulds Feb 12 '19 at 20:12
  • That would be an excellent workaround. Thanks!! Can you add that in the answer? :) – ElizB Feb 12 '19 at 20:12

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