how to save group of graphics
I have a ArcMap project that requires me to frequently produce maps for a several areas. For each of these areas, I insert graphic text to supplement labels from the .shp files. These maps are always exported at the same scale and extent.
How do I save a group of these graphics that apply to one of the several map layouts? That is, can I group a set of graphics and turn it on and off so that I don't have to recreate them each time I have to export a different map extent?
Mapping Center Answer:
There are really two issues here, graphics in the data frame, like those to supplement labels, and graphic elements in the layout.
For the first case, we added a new function in 9.3 to convert graphics to features, which means you can store those supplemental graphics in what is effectively an annotation feature class (in a geodatabase).
For the second case, the layout, this is actually the case we designed map templates for. However, it sounds like your maps are sufficiently different that a template may be more work than it's worth. Thus, I would advise to keep doing what you are doing (copying and pasting graphics from one MXD to another by having two ArcMap sessions running at the same time).
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