Using a map document as the layout for the map series

The Map Sheet Properties tab allows you to specify layout for your map sheets. You can select a standard ArcMap document in the form of an existing Map Document (.mxd) file as a template for the layout.

Choosing a layout from an existing map document will bring in the existing layers, page elements, and properties from the selected map document. You can also add data frame manager properties using the Show Data Frame Manager Properties button on the MPS Atlas toolbar.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > MPS Atlas.
  3. Click the MPS Atlas window button MPS Atlas window on the MPS Atlas toolbar.

    The MPS Atlas window appears.

  4. Right-click a map sheet in the MPS Atlas window and choose Map Sheet Properties.

    The Map Sheet Properties dialog box appears.

  5. If necessary, click the Map Sheet Properties tab.
    Map Sheet Properties dialog box with the Map Sheet Properties tab
  6. Click the Selected option under Layout.
  7. Click Select.

    The File Layout Applicator Properties dialog box appears.

  8. Browse to an mxd in the Select Mxd text box
  9. Click the drop-down arrow in the Select Layout combo box and choose a layout from the list.
  10. Choose a data option in the Data Options area.
  11. Click OK.

    The Map Sheet Properties dialog box appears.