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Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook by Eric Pimpler

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Referencing map documents on a disk

In addition to being able to reference the currently active map document file in ArcMap, you can also access map document files stored on a local or remote drive using the MapDocument() method. In this recipe, you'll learn how to access these map documents.

Getting ready

As I mentioned earlier, you can also reference a map document file that resides somewhere on your computer or a shared server. This is done simply by providing a path to the file. This is a more versatile way of obtaining a reference to a map document because it can be run outside the ArcGIS Python window or a custom script tool.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to learn how to access a map document stored on a local or remote drive:

  1. Open the IDLE ...

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