ArcCatalog loses focus and freezes when opening the metadata editor

Last Published: April 25, 2020


When opening the metadata editor, ArcCatalog seems to lose focus and freezes.


The metadata editor may have opened off the viewable screen.

▪ In ArcGIS 10, this should only be a potential problem when using the FGDC Metadata Editor add-in.

Solution or Workaround

Use keyboard combinations to bring the metadata editor window back onto the viewable screen.

  1. To verify that the editor window has opened off screen, press Alt+F4 on the keyboard. If a confirmation dialog box appears, click Yes.
  2. Launch the metadata editor again. This time, press Shift+Alt+Spacebar, then the letter 'M'. Use the arrow keys until the editor window appears back on screen, then press Enter.

Article ID:000010404

  • ArcMap

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