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Export options

All layouts can be exported to a variety of file formats using the Export Layout button on the Sharing tab. If you have a map series enabled and export to a format other than PDF (for example, JPG), you'll only generate a single page output file. If you want a JPG file for every page in the map series, you'll need to manually display and export each page. If you're exporting to PDF, the Layout Export dialog box has an Export Options button that provides more control over the export process. For example, you can export all pages in a single operation, export each page as an individual file, or export all the pages into a single, multipage PDF document.

Export map series pages

You can use the Export Map dialog box to export map series pages to PDF. To export map series pages, two conditions must be met: the map series must be enabled and your layout must be the active view.

There are a number of ways to export map series pages. You can export all pages, only the current page, or selected pages based on selected index features or page numbers.


This option exports all the map series pages in your series. The total number of pages is reported in parentheses. Depending on the number of pages to export, this may take some time.

Current Page

This option exports only the current page viewed in the map layout. The current page is always defined by the current index feature. If you interactively change the extent of the map frame and try to export this new extent, you won't get the same result. The result will display the extent based on the index layer feature, not your interactive zoom.

This is the default option when no index features are selected.


This option exports pages based on selected index features. The total number of selected pages is reported in parentheses. You can either select index features interactively or you can use a spatial query.

For example, consider a map series page with a particular freeway. You want to create a PDF file with only the areas that intersect that particular freeway. You can select these areas of interest—provided the layer has an attribute indicating the intersection—and export the map series to a PDF file.

By default, exported map series will not include selection symbology in the PDF file. The PDF file displays index features as if they were not selected. In cases where you do want to show selected features using selection symbology, check the Show Selection Symbology check box.

This is the default option if any index features are currently selected.

Page Numbers

This option exports pages you specify, either individually or by range. You'll receive an error if you mistakenly type a number outside the current range of pages. You can specify individual pages (3, 5, 8), ranges (1-4, 7-14), or a combination of the two (1, 4, 7-14). The pages will be exported in the order you specify. For example, if you type 9, 5-7, 2, page 9 will be exported first and page 2 will be exported last.

It is important to note that page refers to the page number as determined by the map series sorting logic. The sorting logic is defined in the Optional Fields of the Map Series setup. Every set of map series is sorted, and the Page Number option mirrors this.

Map Series also allows you to define a page number. The page number can be based on field values of the index layer. These values can be alphanumeric. For example, you can use Roman numerals or numbers with dashes to number your pages. If you'll be inserting pages between maps, you may be skipping page numbers as you populate this field.

For example, you want the first three pages in your map book to be for a title page, a table of contents, and an overview map. The maps (the results of the map series PDF export) actually begin on page 4. You want the first map in the map series to display "Page 4" at the bottom of the layout page. This is the page number. Since this is the first map, the index number for this page is 1. If you want to export only this page using the Page Number text box, you would type 1.

Export Pages As

This option controls whether each map series page is exported as an individual file or if they're all merged into a single, multipage PDF file. The Multiple PDF Files option provides a way to create a separate PDF document for each page. To distinguish each PDF page, you can use page name or page number options. These will append either the current page number or the current page name as a suffix to the PDF document name. The single PDF file option will merge all the pages into a single, multipage PDF document.

Export a map series to PDF

  1. Verify that Map Series is enabled and that your layout is the active view.
  2. Under Map Series Pages, select the pages you want to export.
  3. Right-click the selection and click Export to File.
  4. Browse to where you want to save the export file.
  5. Ensure the Save As type arrow is PDF.
  6. Type a file name for the export file.
    1. To modify which pages to export, click Export Options and click the Map Series tab. Here you can change All, Current, Selected Pages, Page Numbers, or Export Pages As.
  7. Click Export.

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