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The Table of Contents is crucial to the activation of map layers, accessing the properties of layers, and rearranging layers to change the drawing order. Instructions provided describe how to display the Table of Contents in ArcMap if it is not in view.Version 10.x
To activate the Table of Content in ArcMap, navigate to the Main menu, click Windows > Table of Contents.Version 10.x
In some instances, the Table of Contents appears as a tab at the top left corner of the data frame view. To open the Table of Contents, hover over the tab and click the Auto Hide button (pin symbol) located at the top right corner, next to the Close button. This fixes the Table of Contents to its location.
The image below shows the Table of Contents which appears as a tab at the top left corner of the data frame view.
The image below shows the Auto Hide button that when clicked, fixes the Table of Contents to the data frame.
Note: Adjust the width of the Table of Contents by hovering the pointer at the edge of the window and click the mouse while adjusting the size of the Table of Contents.