Managing Your ArcMap Document Files

In the subsequent chapters you will find some important recommendations on how to manage and organize your ArcMap document files.


Differentiate between Master and Published Map Document
Save your ArcMap document separately as a master map document and a published map document.


Save ArcMap Documents Properly
Saving ArcMap document properly is important to keep the MXD files small by not saving historic information.


Store Absolute File Paths to Data Sources
Try to avoid using UNC file paths because access right problems on directories, files and UNC shares might be tricky to solve.


Optimize the ArcMap Document with Mxdperfstat
Use the Mxdperfstat diagnostics tool in order to optimize your ArcMap document towards best performance.