Viewing metadata from the Table of Contents
When using a map you can see metadata describing the layer's or table's source data from the Table of Contents window.
This will not show the description of the layer or table as they are in the map, for example, with definition queries applied and specific fields selected for use. You'll see the description of the entire underlying dataset in the geodatabase or on disk.
- Right-click the layer or table whose metadata you want to see.
Click Data > View Item Description.
The Data Source Item Description dialog box opens and displays the item's metadata.