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Viewing shapefiles in ArcGIS Pro without creating a map

Question asked by on Mar 28, 2017
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I do a lot of Python scripting with GIS and my primary use for the ArcGIS application is to view shapefiles that I've generated with my scripts. With ArcMap, doing this is very straightforward -- I can just open the application and add shapefiles immediately to the blank default map. With ArcGIS Pro, however, it seems like you have to create a new map each time you open the application before you can interact with shapefiles, and it takes a while for the new map to be created. Is it possible to bypass this step of creating a map in ArcGIS Pro?