How To: Set your Working Directory


The content in this article pertains to legacy versions of ArcGIS. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

Setting the working directory for each ArcView project helps organize data and projects.


  1. Open a new project.
  2. Open a new view document.
  3. Select Set Working Directory from the File menu.
  4. Type the full path of the desired directory.
If a directory has not already been created for your project, it may be necessary to create one.

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