Making a document public or private

Public documents are available to everyone. Private documents are only available to people who access the Metadata Service with an appropriate user name. You can change a document's privacy in the Catalog window, making it either public or private.


Only the owner of a document has permission to change its privacy.

  1. Connect to the ArcIMS Server that hosts the Metadata Service you want to modify.
  2. Double-click the Metadata Service Write Access Metadata Service.
  3. Double-click the ArcIMS metadata folder that contains the related documents, if appropriate.
  4. Press the CTRL key while clicking the ArcIMS metadata documents ArcIMS Metadata Document whose privacy you want to change in the contents list.
  5. Right-click the selected documents.
  6. Change each document's privacy.
    • Click Change to Private.
    • Click Change to Public.

    Change to Private is unavailable if the document is private. Change to Public is unavailable if the document is public. If both commands are unavailable, you aren't the owner of this document, and you won't be able to complete this task.

    Make public documents private.

    You can see if any of the documents you own are private in the ArcCatalog Contents tab using Details view. Others can't see your private documents.

    Check if documents you own are private.

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