ArcGIS setup, part 2 (new project setup)

IMPORTANT: We assume you've already completed the setup steps in:

We require the following layout, naming conventions, and settings for each ESM 263 assigment you undertake.

You only need to do these steps at the beginning of each new project.

In Windows Explorer:

  1. Download the homework data 7-Zip (.7z extension) file and save it to your H:\ESM263 directory. Extract the 7-Zip file contents (right-click the 7-Zip file and under the 7-Zip menu choose Extract here). This should create a new folder called HWx where x is the assignment number. The rest of these instructions will assume a project named HW1, so your new directory will be:
  2. Browse to H:\ESM263\HW1\ in Windows Explorer.
  3. Right-click New→Text Document
  4. Change the name of the file from New Text Document.txt to HW1.mxd
  5. Click Yes to the Windows warning "If you change a file name extension, the file might become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it?"

    Note that the file you just created will now look like an ArcMap document even though it is really just a blank text file. You can double-click this file and ArcMap will open with the correct current folder (e.g., H:\ESM263\HW1\). Or, if you already have an ArcMap running, you can use File→Open... to open H:\ESM263\HW1\HW1.mxd

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