Opening a map document

There are a number of ways to open a map in ArcMap. You can:

This topic describes each of these alternatives

Double-click to open a map document

  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the map document's location.
  2. Double-click the document to open it.

Select a map in the ArcMap Getting Started dialog box

  1. When you start ArcMap from the Windows Start menu, you'll see the ArcMap Getting Started dialog box.
    Opening a map in the Getting Started dialog box
  2. Select an existing map or browse to it to open it in ArcMap.

Opening another map from an ArcMap session

If you are already working in ArcMap, you can choose to open another map document. This will close your existing map and open the new one in its place. There are three ways to change your map to another one:

Be sure to save your work in your existing map as it will be closed when the new map is opened.

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