Viewing layout geography in catalog view

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01-12-2022 11:26 AM
PamFroemke1
Occasional Contributor

Is it possible to view layout geography in ArcGIS Pro catalog view the way one can view maps and data? As I recall, ArcCatalog had this functionality.

In Pro, I get a "This item cannot be previewed." error message.

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DanPatterson
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Preview data—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

I can only use maps, featureclasses or rasters.  Layouts give that notice


... sort of retired...
TomBole
Esri Regular Contributor

Hi Pam, 

Previewing "geography" only works with map and layers, which are geographic. Layouts, on the other hand, are in "page space" and do not have a geography.  I believe you are looking for a preview of what the layout looks like. This can be done as part of the layout's metadata.

You can create a thumbnail image of the layout by opening a view of the layout (the layout needs to draw first), then right-clicking the layout in the Contents pane and clicking Create Thumbnail. 

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This will create a thumbnail image of the layout that can be viewed in the Metadata tab.

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You can also edit the layout's metadata to import your own images to be used.

Here is some help on thumbnails - https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/help/metadata/create-a-thumbnail.htm

Hope this helps, 

Tom

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PamFroemke1
Occasional Contributor

I couldn't get any of this to work. 

Sigh - just another function I used in ArcMap/ArcCatalog that Pro can't do.

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TomBole
Esri Regular Contributor

Hi Pam, 

Sorry that you are frustrated with this. I tried to provide help above. Could you be specific on what is not working for you? 

Tom

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