How To: Restore the Table of Contents in ArcMap


This document explains how to restore your Table of Contents (TOC) if it is not visible.


  1. Close ArcMap.
  2. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\WINNT\Profiles\<user_name>\ESRI\Application Data\ESRI\ArcMap\Templates.
  3. Under the templates directory right click on Normal.mxt and rename it to Normal1.mxt.
  4. Close Windows Explorer.
  5. Restart ArcMap. When you restart ArcMap, a new template called Normal.mxt will be created.

    If you have not customized the original Normal.mxt (the one renamed to Normal1.mxt) you can delete this template.

    If you have customized the template you can rename it to an appropriate name for easy reference.