Why does Windows think my toolboxes are folders?

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02-02-2021 09:17 PM
Strahanjen
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I just installed ArcGIS Pro 2.7 onto a laptop running Windows 10 Enterprise. I'm wondering why the toolboxes are appearing as folders instead of ArcGIS toolbox files. See the attached screenshot.  I need to be able to copy a toolbox for a tutorial I'm working through. Any suggestions on how I can solve?

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JayantaPoddar
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@Strahanjen wrote:

I just installed ArcGIS Pro 2.7 onto a laptop running Windows 10 Enterprise. I'm wondering why the toolboxes are appearing as folders instead of ArcGIS toolbox files. See the attached screenshot.  I need to be able to copy a toolbox for a tutorial I'm working through. Any suggestions on how I can solve?


Esri objects like Toolboxes and File Geodatabases appear as folders in Windows Explorer. It is not an error, but by design.

That is why, managing these Esri objects (copy, rename, delete, etc.) should always be done within ArcGIS (Catalog), not with Windows Exporer. Please check Copy and Move Items.

Note:

  • All system toolboxes are folder-based toolboxes.
  • If you want to copy a toolbox between folders and geodatabases, you will have to create a new toolbox in the destination location and copy tools from the source toolbox into the destination toolbox.

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DanPatterson
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This is the new format... they are folders, go inside one of them and you can use a text editor to examine their contents.  The scripts for many of the tools are in the Scripts folder within the same path a the Toolboxes folder


... sort of retired...

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JayantaPoddar
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@Strahanjen wrote:

I just installed ArcGIS Pro 2.7 onto a laptop running Windows 10 Enterprise. I'm wondering why the toolboxes are appearing as folders instead of ArcGIS toolbox files. See the attached screenshot.  I need to be able to copy a toolbox for a tutorial I'm working through. Any suggestions on how I can solve?


Esri objects like Toolboxes and File Geodatabases appear as folders in Windows Explorer. It is not an error, but by design.

That is why, managing these Esri objects (copy, rename, delete, etc.) should always be done within ArcGIS (Catalog), not with Windows Exporer. Please check Copy and Move Items.

Note:

  • All system toolboxes are folder-based toolboxes.
  • If you want to copy a toolbox between folders and geodatabases, you will have to create a new toolbox in the destination location and copy tools from the source toolbox into the destination toolbox.

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DanPatterson
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This is the new format... they are folders, go inside one of them and you can use a text editor to examine their contents.  The scripts for many of the tools are in the Scripts folder within the same path a the Toolboxes folder


... sort of retired...

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Strahanjen
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Thanks Jayantha and Dan for the tips. I'm following this ESRI session from April 2020. In particular, I am struggling with the steps in the video from the 45 minute mark to 46:36. He gives instructions for copying the server toolbox so that we can make our own custom print service.  Is his method no longer possible? With your suggestions, I am close to being able to solve. I was able to move the Get Layout Templates Info script into a custom toolbox, but I'm not able to make a copy of the Export Web Map tool. If I use Catalog, the option to copy a toolbox is not enabled. Is this a permissions issue? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUHg7rgTRn4

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