Checking out a product

When you want to work with an individual map sheet in a series (a product), the file must be checked out of the product library. The location you specify the first time you check out the map document is saved and used as the default location for saving a local copy of the map document. The icon next to the file changes when you check the product out; a small, green circle with a white check mark appears next to the name.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. If necessary, open the Product Library window by clicking Customize > Production > Product Library on the main menu.

    A tree view of the product library appears.

    Product library tree
  3. Navigate to the product you want to edit.
  4. Right-click the product and click Check Out Product.

    The Check Out Product dialog box appears.

    Check Out Product dialog box

    If you previously checked out from the product library, the output location you chose appears in the Output Location field.


    The Options button allows you to run template instructions when checking out.

  5. Check the Open check box.
  6. Click the ellipsis (...) next to the Output Location field.

    The Browse For Folder dialog box appears.

    Browse for Folder dialog box
  7. Navigate to the folder to which you want to check out the product.

    If necessary, you can use Make New Folder to create new folders and subfolders.

  8. Click OK.

    The Check Out dialog box appears with the path you defined.

  9. If template instructions exist and were set, and you want to use them, click Options.

    A dialog box appears with a list of template instructions.

  10. Check the box next to the template instructions that you want to apply.
    • Data Frame Rules: Allow products to have their data frame settings, such as scale, extent, coordinate system, and rotation, updated based on a product's associated instance.
    • Layout Rules: Enable a product map document’s layout size and orientation and the relative placement of elements on that layout to react to changes that happen on dynamic cartographic products.
    • Python Scripts: Allow custom business logic to be executed on product. A single Python file can be saved as part of a template instruction.
  11. Click OK.

    The Check Out dialog box appears.

  12. Click OK.

    The Checking Out Product dialog box appears with the progress of the checkout.

    Checking Out dialog box with progress information
  13. Click OK when the process completes.

The product .mxd file is opened in ArcMap.


If the product instance is not associated with a map document data frame, a new data frame is added when you check out the product MXD. If you don't want to keep the data frame that is created, you can delete it and associate another data frame for the product instance.

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