How To: Create MXD files that are compatible with previous version of ArcMap


ArcMap 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, and 10 can save an MXD file that can be opened with ArcMap 8.3.


Instructions provided describe how to save MXD files in a format compatible with earlier versions of ArcGIS.

  1. Click File > Save A Copy.
  2. In the 'Save as type' drop-down menu, select the compatible ArcMap version, for example 'ArcMap 8.3 Document (*.mxd)'.
  3. Browse to an appropriate file location and type a filename.
  4. Click Save.