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FAQ: Is it possible to disable layers without affecting other map frames referencing the same map in an ArcGIS Pro layout?

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Is it possible to disable layers without affecting other map frames referencing the same map in an ArcGIS Pro layout?

Answer

In an ArcGIS Pro layout, it is not possible to disable the layers in a map frame without affecting the same layers within another map frame if they reference the same map. Any configuration made to a layer is reflected in all the map frames that reference the same map. As a workaround, create a copy of the map containing all the layers, and import the copied map into ArcGIS Pro. When creating new map frames in a layout, select different maps as references to each map frame. This workflow is useful to highlight different layers in different map frames.

  1. In ArcGIS Pro map view, right-click the map in the Contents pane. Click Save As Map File.
Save the original map as a new map file using the Save As Map File function.
  1. In the Save Map As MAPX File window, click the folder to save a copy of the map, and change the name of the map, if necessary. Click Save.
Save the copy, and change the name of the second map in the Save Map As MAPX File window.
  1. On the top ribbon, click the Insert tab > Import Map.
  2. In the Import window, select the saved map from Step 2. Click OK.
  3. On the top ribbon, click the Insert tab, and click the New Layout drop-down arrow. Select the desired layout.
  4. In a new layout view, click the Insert tab on the top ribbon. Click the Map Frame drop-down arrow, and select the first map.
  5. Repeat Step 6 to add a new map frame with the imported map from Step 3. Save the project.
Select the first map for the first map frame and the imported map for the second map frame.

The image below shows the Parks layer in Map 2 (imported map) is disabled without affecting the Parks layer in Map 1.

The example of the Parks layer in Map 2 (imported map) is disabled without affecting the Parks layer in Map 1.

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Last Published: 10/20/2021

Article ID: 000026661

Software: ArcGIS Pro 2.8.3, 2.8.2, 2.8.1, 2.8, 2.7.4, 2.7.3, 2.7.2, 2.7.1, 2.7, 2.6.7, 2.6.6, 2.6.5, 2.6.4, 2.6.3, 2.6.2, 2.6.1, 2.6