I'm slowly transitioning from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro (2.3.0) and I'm facing a quite frustrating UX problem:

I can't drag and drop layers from the Catalog pane to the map if it comes from the Favorites menu. I have to right-click on it > Add to current map.

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Oddly, drag and drop works with layers from folder connections created in the Project tab but those folder connections are linked to the project so you have to recreate them for every project.

It might not seem like a big issue but it's one of the little things that bother you when you work all day with this software. I just wanted to check if this is the same for any of you, or if someone found a way to solve it (maybe with a newer version?).

  • You should add that functionality to the ArcGIS Ideas page on GeoNet! Nice catch. My answer is below.
    – alexGIS
    Oct 11, 2019 at 22:46

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It's the same in Pro 2.4.2.

A work around is right-click the folder you want to have around and select "Add to New Projects". It will then show up under all new Projects' "Folder" section.

A plus is that you can get to it from both the Catalog Pane AND Catalog View. The "Favorites" tab is only available in Catalog Pane. For that reason alone I usually only use Catalog View.

That way it's always in your projects AND others can see it too (that could be desired or undesired). In that way, it's a kind of like a 'favorite' folder. You can always remove it from Projects it gets added to if it turns out you don't want it there.

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    Great work around, I didn't noticed this option, thanks ;) About the Catalog View, I'm able to see the Favorites too (see here: i.imgur.com/L2NHK0H.png)
    – Léo M
    Oct 12, 2019 at 9:23
  • @LéoM That's right! You can see it from that drop down or the Contents pane of the Catalog View. So many choices!
    – alexGIS
    Oct 15, 2019 at 18:49

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