Using Python to Change Layout Templates

02-12-2013 03:04 PM
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New Contributor II
It would be beneficial to be able to use the arcpy.mapping module to change the layout template in the layout view by pointing to the path of the template.

For example, currently on the layout toolbar there is a button called Change Layout. When you click it a window will pop up allowing you to change your layout template to something else (ex. Architectural Page Sizes > ARCH A Portrait.mxd).

It would be nice if users were able to incorporate the selection of this template in python scripting for map making purposes.
I agree with kvanasse. Changing the layout (while using "CURRENT" as mapdocument) is an important improvement!

Have there been any thoughts from ESRI on this?

This would be a valuable addition to arcpy, as I could create some great automation scripts for my users who must often replicate the same map in multiple sizes.