joining two mxd files

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06-28-2011 07:21 AM
fifi
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Hi
This is probably a very basic question, but I am a self-taught user.

I am using 9.2.  I have a load of data on a .mxd file and a load of data on another one - is it possible to join/merge/amalgamate the two or would I have to set up all the links again to make one combined file.  Some of the material is actual vector data, some is raster and some is e.g. lines that I have drawn. 
Thank you so much
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SimonKettle
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Is the data within each mxd file in seperate shapefiles/feature classes?

If it is in seperate shapefiles/feature classes you can just copy and paste from the table of content to another...since it is just the mxd pointing to the data and displaying it. Or you can open both mxd's and drag a feature from one to another.

If you want to merge shapefiles (i.e. the data within them) you should use the 'merge' tool under 'data management' in ArcToolbox.

Hope that helps.
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fifi
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Thanks Simon, I will try that.
all the best

Is the data within each mxd file in seperate shapefiles/feature classes?

If it is in seperate shapefiles/feature classes you can just copy and paste from the table of content to another...since it is just the mxd pointing to the data and displaying it. Or you can open both mxd's and drag a feature from one to another.

If you want to merge shapefiles (i.e. the data within them) you should use the 'merge' tool under 'data management' in ArcToolbox.

Hope that helps.
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fifi
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Perfect!  That is about the only thing that seems straightforward about ARCGIS!
Thanks again

Thanks Simon, I will try that.
all the best
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SimonKettle
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No problem, glad to help.

It get easier with practice :)
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