Unable to copy and paste the data fame in ArcMap

Last Published: April 25, 2020


ArcMap fails to execute the copy and paste commands while attempting to copy and paste the data frame in ArcMap version 10.3 and later.


This issue is a known limitation for ArcMap 10.3 and later versions.

Solution or Workaround

Insert a new data frame, and copy and paste the layers in the new data frame.

  1. In the ArcMap main menu, click Insert > Data Frame to add a new data frame.

    An image that shows how to insert a new data frame.
  2. Press the Ctrl key, and select the desired layers. Right-click the selected layers, and click Copy.

    An image of copying the selected layers.
  3. Right-click the new data frame, and click Paste Layer(s).

    An image of pasting the selected layers in the new data frame.

Article ID:000014373

  • ArcMap

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