Map elements or data frame in layout move or shrink when printed or exported

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Some or all map elements or objects, including data frames, shrink or move when printed or exported.


While there can be several reasons for this, the data frame percentage setting is a known issue.


Change the percentage setting for the data frame.

  1. Right-click on the data frame in ArcMap Layout and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Size and Position tab.
  3. Change the state of the As Percentage check box and click OK.

    There can be several causes to problem and this workaround may not resolve the issue for every map.

Article ID:000007937

  • ArcMap 9 x

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