How To: Create a PMF that opens in ArcMap


Published Map Files (PMF) can only be opened in ArcReader by default. Changing the options within the ArcGIS Publisher extension allows a PMF to be created so it also opens in ArcMap.


  1. In ArcMap, enable the Publisher extension.
  2. On the Publisher toolbar, click Publisher > Settings, and click the Application tab.
  3. Under ArcReader, uncheck the Open in ArcReader only check box.
  4. Under ArcGIS Applications, check the Unrestricted access to contents of Published Map check box.
  5. Click OK to close the Publisher Settings dialog box, and publish the map.
An image of the Publisher Settings dialog box.
The modified Publisher settings are only saved within the map document. New map documents will revert to the default settings.

The PMF can be opened from ArcMap through the File > Open dialog box. Change the Files of type option to either Published Maps (*.pmf) or All Supported Map Formats.

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