A map template can contain a variety of common page layouts or a basemap layer. Creating a map template in ArcMap enables users to reuse and standardize the layouts in multiple map documents.
Upon opening ArcMap, the ‘ArcMap – Getting Started’ dialog box prompts the user to select a template. The Existing Maps section consists of previously saved map documents; while the New Maps section contains Templates provided by Esri and My Templates, which are custom templates created by users. If no custom template had been created before, a Blank Map is available for users to create a map document from scratch.
The following workflow describes how to create and apply a custom map template in ArcMap:
Note: The AppData folder is a hidden folder by default. Users can show the hidden folder by selecting the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option in the Folder Options window.