ArcGIS setup, part 3
IMPORTANT: We assume you've already completed the setup steps in:
We recommend the following layout, naming conventions, and
settings for each new GIS project you undertake.
You only need to do these steps once at the beginning of each
- Open the map document in ArcMap.
- Click Windows→Table of Contents
- Click on the List by Drawing Order button
- Create a group layer (right-click Layers→New Group Layer)
for the project's input data.
- Create a group layer for the project's output data.
- Set the map's projection
- Right-click Layers→Properties...
- In the Coordinate System tab, select the
- Click Customize→ArcMap Options...
- Select the Metadata tab
- In Metadata Style, select North American Profile
of ISO19115 2003.
- Make sure all the check boxes in the Metadata tab are
- Click OK
Toolbox and workspace setup
- Click Windows→Catalog
- Right-click Home - ... and select New→Toolbox...
Toolbox to your project name (e.g.
- Right-click Home - ... and select New→File
New File Geodatabase.gdb to
In Windows Explorer, you should now see a
file and an
output.gdb folder in you project
Geoprocessing environment setup
- Click Geoprocessing→Environments...→Workspace
- Set Current Workspace to
- Set Scratch Workspace to
- In the Catalog window, right-click the toolbox you
created and select New→Model
- In the Model window, click Model→Model Properties
- In the General tab:
- Set Name to your project name (e.g.
- Set Label to your project name (e.g.
- Check Store relative path names (instead of
- Check Always run in foreground
- Click Model→Close
- If the ArcToolbox window is open, close it. (Leaving
it open can dramatically increase the time it takes for
ArcMap to start up when reading this map's
- Leave the Catalog window open.
- Click File→Save. You can quit ArcMap now.
Remember, you only need to do these steps once at the
beginning of each new project.
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