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General options

General options include settings for how to start ArcGIS Pro, where to save projects and data, whether to use online or installed help, and which application theme to use.

To set General options, do the following:

  1. From an open project, click the Project tab on the ribbon. Or, from the ArcGIS Pro start page, click Settings in the lower left corner.
  2. In the list on the left, click Options.
  3. On the Options dialog box menu, under Application, click General.

Start ArcGIS Pro

This section contains options for how ArcGIS Pro will start.

  • Show the start page

    Use this option to see the start page, where you can open a saved project or create a project from a template. This is the default setting.

  • Without a project template

    Use this option to bypass the start page and begin working without a template.

  • With a default project

    Use this option to open a specified project on startup. If you select this option, you must browse Browse to your desired project or specify the path in the Project box.

Create projects

These options include settings for new projects and project items such as geodatabases and toolboxes.

Project location

By default, projects are saved to your user profile directory at Documents\ArcGIS\Projects. When you create a project, the path to this folder is shown on the Create a New Project dialog box.

  • New projects are saved in the default location

    Use this option to save projects in the default folder.

  • New projects are saved in a custom location

    Use this option to save projects in a different location. If you select this option, you must browse Browse to your desired location or specify the path in the Location box.

Create a folder for the project

When this box is checked, the default setting for new projects is to store the project file, project geodatabase, and project toolbox (.aprx, .gdb, and .tbx files) in a folder named for the project. For example, in a project named MyProject, these files would be stored in a folder named MyProject in the default project location.

When this box is unchecked, the default setting is to store these files in the default project location without organizing them in their own folder.

When you create a project, you can override the Create a folder for the project options setting by checking or unchecking the Create a new folder for this project box.

Create a New Project dialog box
For any new project, you can choose whether to create a project folder. The options setting determines whether this box appears checked or unchecked by default.

Geodatabase

The default geodatabase Default Geodatabase is the one to which geoprocessing output data is written, unless otherwise specified.

  • New default geodatabase for each project

    Use this option to save geoprocessing outputs to the geodatabase created with the project. This is the default setting.

  • Same default geodatabase for all projects

    Use this option to save geoprocessing outputs to another geodatabase. If you select this option, you must browse Browse to the desired geodatabase or specify the path in the Geodatabase box.

Toolbox

The default toolbox is the one in which new geoprocessing models are created, unless otherwise specified.

  • New default toolbox for each project

    Use this option to save geoprocessing models and other custom tools to the toolbox created with the project. This is the default setting.

  • Same default toolbox for all projects

    Use this option to save geoprocessing models and other custom tools to another toolbox. If you select this option, you must browse Browse to the desired toolbox or specify the path in the Toolbox box.

Help source

ArcGIS Pro has an online help system and an offline (installed) help system. For the most part, the two systems have the same content; however, the online help may be more current. For more information, see About ArcGIS Pro Help.

  • Online help from the Internet

    The ArcGIS Pro help system opens in your default web browser. This is the default setting.

  • Offline help from your computer (requires local help installation)

    The ArcGIS Pro help system opens in an application on your computer. This option is available only after the offline help system has been installed. You can download the ArcGIS Pro help system setup file from the same location as the ArcGIS Pro application (for example, My Esri).

Tip:

If you work in the field or in a disconnected environment, be sure to download and install the offline help system.

Application theme

ArcGIS Pro has two color themes. If you switch themes, you must restart ArcGIS Pro for the change to take effect.

  • Light

    The application background color is light gray. This is the default setting.

  • Dark

    The application background color is black.

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