Determine the Working Directory of a damaged ArcView project

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Knowing the location of a project's Working Directory can be helpful in troubleshooting a project that does not open.


  1. Open the damaged .apr file in a text editor, such as Notepad or WordPad. You may need to set Files of type to All Files in the Open dialog box to see .apr files.
  2. Search the document for the string WorkDir. There should be a number associated with the WorkDir, write this number down. For example:
    WorkDir:  848
  3. Starting at the top of the file, search for the number found above. For example, 848 finds something like the following:
  4. A few lines down there should be the path to the project's Working Directory. For example:
     Path:  "c:/temp"

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