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Save a custom set of geoprocessing tools

You can save a custom set of geoprocessing tools within an ArcGIS project so the most important tasks of your project can be quickly and easily completed. The set of tools you save in a project can contain both ArcGIS tools and custom tools that you have built or that others have shared with you.

There are a number of ways to save a custom set of geoprocessing tools.

  • In the Analysis gallery, where the tools are easy to find and open. The Analysis gallery is especially useful if you want to expose certain tools to someone who is not familiar with geoprocessing or will not regularly use geoprocessing.
    Analysis gallery
    To add a tool to the gallery, right-click any tool in the Geoprocessing pane and select Add To Analysis Gallery.
  • In the list of Favorite tools in the Geoprocessing tool pane. To add a tool to this list, right-click any tool in the Geoprocessing pane and select Add To Favorites.
  • In a project toolbox, which is a reference or shortcut to a container of geoprocessing tools associated with the project. You cannot add system tools to a project toolbox; only custom script and model tools that you build can be added.
    Project Toolbxoes

    To add a toolbox to your project, right-click any toolbox in a folder or database connection and select Add To Project. You can also select the Project > Toolbox > Add Toolbox command on the Insert tab in the ribbon.

When an ArcGIS project is saved, the custom set of tools in the above locations will be saved with the project.

You can use a project template to import a set of tools from one project to your current project or to a new project, or if you want to always have the same custom sets of tools regardless of your project.