Can I set the Project in ArcMap 10.2 to display data at Full Extent or Zoom to Layer on startup?

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03-04-2016 05:45 AM
OndřejŠilháček
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I have a folder with the .mxd project and few layer files with data source set to this folder. I am just changing the SHP files in this folder. Problem is that when I open the project with different SHP files all I see is blank map. Of course I can click on Full Extent or Zoom to layer, but I would like to see the data right on startup.

Can I set Zoom to layer or Full Extent on startup?

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JayantaPoddar
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When a Map Document (*.mxd) is saved, it stores the extent of the data-frame, not that of the shapefile.

So, if I add Shapefile "A" to ArcMap, zoom to its extent, and save the MXD. Then I add shapefile "B", and remove shapefile "A" from Table of Contents. And close the MXD without further saving it. The next time MXD is opened, it will open to the extent of "A". Since "A" was deleted, it would be blank, and you need to zoom to layer "B".



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DanPatterson_Retired
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there might be

Using data frames—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop

Customizing your map extent—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop

If you generally work in a predetermined all-encompassing area

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JayantaPoddar
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Correct me if I didn't get your requirement.

Once you zoom to the area of interest, save your mxd file. Next time, it will open to the same extent on startup.



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OndřejŠilháček
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Thats true, but if you change the SHP files and open the project, you see blank map.

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JayantaPoddar
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When a Map Document (*.mxd) is saved, it stores the extent of the data-frame, not that of the shapefile.

So, if I add Shapefile "A" to ArcMap, zoom to its extent, and save the MXD. Then I add shapefile "B", and remove shapefile "A" from Table of Contents. And close the MXD without further saving it. The next time MXD is opened, it will open to the extent of "A". Since "A" was deleted, it would be blank, and you need to zoom to layer "B".



Think Location