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Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook by Eric Pimpler

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Restricting the layout elements returned by ListLayoutElements()

Layouts can contain a large number of elements, many of which you won't need for a particular geoprocessing script. The ListLayoutElements() function can restrict the layout elements returned by passing in a parameter that defines the type of element that should be returned along with an optional wildcard, which finds elements using a portion of the name.

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There are many different types of layout elements including graphics, legends, pictures, text, and data frames. When you return a list of layout elements, you can restrict (filter) the types of elements that are returned. In this recipe, you will write a script that filters the layout elements returned by element type ...

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