Instructions provided are for creating and applying a custom layout, allowing multiple map projects to use the same layout template for printing maps. This saves time from creating a layout for each map created.
Setting up a custom map layout requires creating a common ArcMap template (.mxt) in ArcMap:
Start ArcMap and go to the layout view by navigating View > Layout View to create the layout of choice.
When the custom layout is completed, navigate to File > Save as.
In the 'Save as type' drop down box select ArcMap Templates (*.mxt). Select a disk location to save the file and a name for the template and then click Save.
Open an existing map document and change to Layout View.
On the layout toolbar, click the Change layout
Click the Browse folder button and browse to the MXT created in steps 1 and 2. Click Finish.