How to make a portable map… Steps for distributing ArcGIS maps and data

Steps for distributing ArcGIS maps and data

In order for you to be able to share your ArcMap map (.mxd) with other GIS users (and/or your instructor) you will need to provide them with not only the .mxd but also the data used in the map. Not only that, but the .mxd must be able to locate the data in order for everything to display properly. To insure that the .mxd still works once it is moved you will need to set up a PORTABLE .MXD. This requires two things: proper data management and the use of Relative Paths for the .mxd itself.

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