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FAQ: Can .pdf files be imported into ArcMap?

Question

Can .pdf files be imported into ArcMap?

Answer

Yes, in layout view. A PDF can be inserted as a graphic layout element in the layout view. This can be done as follows:

1. Ensure that the map is in layout view.
2. Select Insert > Object > Create from File
[O-Image]

3. Browse to the PDF file.
4. Click OK and the PDF is added to the layout as a graphic layout element.

Note:
Please note that if using Adobe Acrobat, a PDF can be opened Acrobat, a graphic element in the PDF can be selected, copied and pasted into ArcMap in layout view. This workflow is useful if a particular element from the PDF is needed, such as a logo, textbox, etc.

A PDF cannot be inserted in data view without first converting the PDF to a raster/image format. This requires a separate graphics program to convert the PDF to an acceptable image format, such as TIFF, JPEG, BMP, etc.

List of supported image and raster data formats.

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