How To: Make customizations permanent in ArcView


Typically, customization to ArcView are stored in the users default project. These customizations are not permanent and can be different for each user login. This document demonstrates how to create a system default project that will implement a system-wide permanent customization.


  1. Open a new script windows.
    A. Activate the Project window.
    B. Click the Scripts icon.
    C. Click New.
  2. Paste the following code into the new script window.
    av.getproject.MakeSysDefault ("c:\default.apr".asfilename, FALSE)
  3. Select Compile from the Script menu.
  4. Click the Run
    [O-Image] Run compiled script button
  5. Navigate to the ..\esri\av_gis30\arcview\etc directory and rename default.apr to default.bak.
  6. Move c:\default.apr to ..\esri\av_gis30\arcview\etc.