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Problem: Cannot change the order of layers in Table of Contents for ArcMap

Description

After changing the order of layers in the Table of Contents, the layers return to their original order.

Cause

Their are two possible causes.

1. The order of layers was changed in the source tab of the Table of Contents.

2. When all layers are selected the draw order cannot be changed. Starting with ArcMap 9.x and 10 all layers are selected automatically when multiple layers are added simultaneously.

Solution or Workaround

  • ArcGIS 10
    1. Select the List by Drawing Order at the top of the Table of Contents.
    2. Drag and drop the layers to change the draw order.

    ArcGIS 9.x
    1. Select the Display tab at the bottom of the Table of Contents.
    2. Drag and drop the layers to change the draw order.
  • If the layers were loaded at the same time, click in a blank area of the Table of Contents to unselect the layers. Drag and drop the layers to change the draw order.

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