Is there a simple way to create a "CAD template" for map outputs from ArcGIS as in the image below:

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I'd like to create a standard template and then populate some simple 'fields' with map information (title, scale, date).

  • I would like to know more about gis (mapping) – user35529 Aug 7 '14 at 16:02

What you can do is:

1- Open ArcMap with a Blank Map.

2- Go to Layout view (the layout must be a simple rectangle, if not you can use Change Layout to select an empty one).

3- in File>Page and Print Setup you can choose the size and orientation of the template.

4- in the Layout view, change the Data Frame dimensions to open sapce for title, scale, date. or just adjust the dimensions to the Layout.

5- Use Draw Tools (Graphic tools) to create the details of the Layout for the title, scale, date, ...

6- Finally Save it as .mxd


and here are some links of how to convert templates into CAD or from CAD templates into Arc:




  • Looks like the most straight-forward was of doing this. Thanks. – Radar Aug 28 '12 at 17:16
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    Save that mxd to C:/Users/<user name>/AppData/Roaming/ESRI/Desktop10.0/Arcmap/Templates. Then you can access it as a regular template when chosing layout. – Martin Aug 8 '14 at 8:51
  • The way I read this is the user wanted to take a CAD template file and convert it into a format that ArcMap can use as a reusable template file. As far as I can tell, this does not answer that question. Is there not any way to make that conversion? All this answer accomplishes is recreating the template from scratch. – Zachary Ordo - GISP Aug 22 '17 at 18:13

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