When you create or open a project, one of the first panes you see is the Catalog pane. It allows you to access all items associated with a specific project in one place, whether they are available from a local or network computer, ArcGIS Online, or your organization's portal.
In the Catalog pane and catalog view, you can do the following:
- Discover GIS content on local networks or your organization's portal.
- Browse and search for layers to add to a map or analyze with a tool.
- Connect to databases and servers.
- Favorite frequently used folder, database, and server connections.
- Create and import maps, scenes, layouts, and tasks.
- Preview an item's spatial data and create a thumbnail.
- Describe your project and its items.
- Manage items in a geodatabase or a style.
As you build your project by adding maps, scenes, layouts, connections to folders, geodatabases, and so on, these items appear in the Project tab on the Catalog pane and in the Project collection in the catalog view, categorized by type.
The Catalog pane and the catalog view are geared toward different tasks. Both the pane and the view can be open at the same time, so you can switch tasks without losing your place. For example, you can edit symbols in a custom style in the catalog view, and pause in that work to add layers to a map using the Catalog pane.
The Catalog pane has tabs across the top. The Project tab provides access to the collection of items in your project; it is selected by default. The Portal tab provides access to collections of online content available from the active portal that you have permission to use. The Favorites tab allows you to collect frequently used folder, database, and server connections, and add them to your project. The Notifications tab lists any messages received while working on your project; messages are cleared from the tab when you switch projects or restart ArcGIS Pro.
In the Catalog pane, you can do the following:
- Double-click a container such as a folder, group, database, toolbox, or server to see the items it contains.
- You can see the items in many containers at once.
- Search for items by typing keywords in the Search box and pressing Enter.
- Hover over an item and a pop-up appears showing its location, title, thumbnail, tags, and modification date, if these details are available.
- Ctrl+click many items to select them all, and add them all to a map at once, for example.
The Catalog pane docks in the ArcGIS Pro application, providing access to items in your project and the active portal while you work. After browsing or searching for content, you can drag layers onto maps, datasets onto tools, tools onto models, and so on.
Reopen the Catalog pane
The Catalog pane is usually available when you create or open a project. Once closed, you can open it again by doing the following:
- On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog, and click Catalog Pane.
The catalog view provides a rich gallery experience for exploring items. This can be helpful if you aren't sure which item to use, especially if you are accessing the active portal for the first time or if you use ArcGIS Pro infrequently.
The same item collections are available in the catalog view as in the Catalog pane: Project, Portal, and Favorites. When the catalog view is active, quick links to the different item categories and collections are available in the Contents pane.
You can immediately see an item's name, type, and thumbnail, if one is available, and additional information in the details panel. For most items, the Details tab displays the item's metadata. For spatial datasets and maps, the Preview tab lets you visualize the data. For a style, you can preview the symbols, scale bars, north arrows, and other style items it contains; you can also modify a style item's properties.
In the catalog view, you can do the following:
- Click an item category or a portal collection in the Contents pane to list those items.
- Double-click a style to see and manage the items it contains.
- The Location bar at the top shows your current location. Click the bar to copy the path.
- Click the refresh button at the end of the Location bar to update the list of items.
- View an item's metadata on the Details tab.
- Preview an item's spatial data on the Preview tab.
- Create a thumbnail for an item with spatial data.
- Resize the details panel to increase or decrease the size of the metadata display, spatial data preview, or style item properties.
- Click Edit on the Home tab on the ribbon to create metadata for an item, if you have permission to do so.
- Uncheck Show Details on the Home tab on the ribbon to hide the details panel.
- Click the Folders or My Content quick links, for example, and click in the Search box. Provide the name or type of item you want to find and press Enter. Click the item you want to use in the list of search results.
The quick links in the catalog view's Contents pane do not expand to support browsing in the same manner as the Project tab in the Catalog pane. In the catalog view, you see one level in a collection's hierarchy at a time. You can browse by double-clicking collections, groups, or containers in the catalog view and using the buttons and the Location bar at the top of the view.
Additional options are available in the catalog view to browse item collections:
- Click a place in your current location's path on the Location bar to browse to that location.
- Click an arrow on the Location bar and click a place in the menu that appears to browse to that location.
- Paste or type a path to another location onto the Location bar and press Enter to browse to that location. A folder connection is added to the project if the location is not already included in your project.
- Click Up to go up a level in the current collection's hierarchy.
- Click Back to return to your last location.
- Click Forward to return to a previous location within the same collection.
If you need more room when managing the items in a style or describing an item, you can, for example, undock the catalog view and place it on another monitor.
Open the catalog view in addition to the Catalog pane
From the ribbon, you can open one or more catalog views. You can use many catalog views to compare the items in different databases or folders, to compare metadata for two items, to copy items from one style to another, and so on.
- On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog and click Catalog View.
The catalog view opens. The Catalog pane remains open and continues to provide access to whatever collection of items was previously available. You may want to unpin the Catalog pane to hide it temporarily if you leave the catalog view docked in the ArcGIS Pro application.
Switch from the Catalog pane to the catalog view
When you switch tasks to edit an item's metadata or manage items in a style, the Catalog pane may seem like it's in the way. You can Auto Hide the Catalog pane by using the pin at the top of the pane, or close the Catalog pane entirely.
- In the Catalog pane, click the Options button.
- Click Switch to View.
The Catalog pane closes and the catalog view opens.
Preview an item's spatial data
When exploring a new collection of items, you may not know which item is the best one to use. In the catalog view, you can visualize an item's spatial data to help you decide if it is the correct one to add to a map or analyze with a tool. You explore spatial data on the Preview tab in the same manner as you explore spatial data in a map.
Maps are displayed as authored. If they have a basemap layer, the basemap layer specified by the map appears in the preview. For spatial datasets, however, a basemap is displayed under the data to provide context. The Light Gray Canvas basemap is used by default so the data remains prominent. You can turn off or change the basemap as appropriate.
Maps or layers created in another application are converted to the ArcGIS Pro format before they are displayed.
- Click an item containing spatial data in the catalog view such as a feature class or a map.
- Click the Preview tab at the bottom of the catalog view.
The item's spatial data draws on the Preview tab. A Preview contextual tab also appears on the ribbon.
- Explore the item's spatial data.
- Position the pointer on the Preview tab and use its buttons and wheels to pan, zoom, tile, and rotate the spatial data as appropriate.
- On the Preview contextual tab on the ribbon, in the Navigate group, click the Full Extent, Fixed Zoom In, Fixed Zoom Out, Previous Extent, and Next Extent buttons to explore the spatial data.
- You can change the basemap to provide better context for the data. On the Preview contextual tab on the ribbon, in the Preview group, click the Basemap drop-down arrow and click the basemap you want to use instead.
Create a thumbnail to help you remember what data the item contains in the future.
Browse dialog box
The browse dialog box allows you to select an item in your project, a portal item, or an item outside your project to use for a specific task. The browse dialog box lets you explore items in a manner that is similar to both the Catalog pane and the catalog view.
In addition to the Project and Portal item collections that are also available in the Catalog pane and the catalog view, the browse dialog box includes a Computer collection that lets you browse to and select an item that is available on the local computer but is not currently included in your project. This capability lets you add an existing file geodatabase to your project, or import the contents of an ArcMap document to your project, for example. Searching is not available for network locations that are not included in your project; you can only search items that are available in the current project or the active portal. The Favorites collection is not available; add the favorite items you need to the project.
You browse in the dialog box in the same manner as the catalog view, by clicking quick links to access item collections, double-clicking containers, and using the buttons and the Location bar at the top. However, you can also do the following:
- Click the Location bar or click in the Name text box to paste or type the path to a new location and press Enter. The dialog box browses to that location. If the location is not accessible from the computer's local or mapped network drives, the network location is accessed and the items it contains are listed; the location is not added to the project as a folder connection.
- Click the refresh button at the end of the Location bar to update the list of items.
- Paste a full path to an item including the item's name into the Name text box to immediately select that item. For example, paste a full path including a table's name to add it to the current map.
- Click the Hide/Show Details button in the upper corner of the dialog box to view information about an item on the details panel.
- When the Groups or All Portal quick links are selected, click the Search My Organization button in the upper corner of the dialog box to include only items on the active portal that are provided by your organization in your search results.
When items are listed on the browse dialog box, they are filtered according to the specific items that can be used to perform the task at hand. For example, when adding data to a map, only items that can be added to a map will appear. When importing items to a project, only items that can be imported will appear.