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Project favorites

Project favorites is a collection of frequently-used folder, database, and server connections. You can add a favorite item to specific projects as needed. Some organizational resources such as an enterprise geodatabase or GIS server may be used by all projects; these favorite items can be added automatically to every project you create.

The project favorites collection is recorded in your roaming profile on the local network. If your network profile supports roaming, your favorite folder, database, and server connections will be accessible anywhere on that network. Project favorites can reference existing project items by recording a file path. Alternatively, you can create new items in your roaming profile that will roam with you on the network.

You can browse the contents of a favorite item in the Catalog pane or the catalog view.

Favorite an existing item

If you have existing projects and several use the same items, those are good candidates for project favorites. When you favorite an item included in your project, the project favorites collection saves a reference to the item using the same file path as the project. Because favorites can be universal, it is important to consider the best way to favorite an item.

If your network profile does not support roaming or you only use one computer, your project favorites are only available on the computer where they are defined. You can favorite items stored on your computer's local drives and they will always be available.

If your network profile supports roaming and you use more than one computer, your favorite items should be accessible from anywhere on the network. If you favorite an item stored on a local disk, for example, in a D:\databases folder, this favorite item will be invalid when using computers where that folder doesn't exist. However, if you favorite an item with a UNC path, it will be accessible anywhere.

Favorite an item available from the current project

  1. Open the catalog view.
  2. Browse to a folder, database, or server added to the project or in a folder that is accessible from your project.
  3. Click the item.
  4. On the Catalog tab on the ribbon, in the Organize group, click Add To Favorites.

    The folder, database, or server is added to the project favorites collection.

Favorite another existing item

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Favorites group, click the Add Item drop-down arrow.
  2. Click Add Folder, Add Database, or Add Server.
  3. Browse to and click the item.
  4. Click OK.

    The folder, database, or server is added to the project favorites collection.

Favorite a new database or server

If you have a roaming user profile and you manage your own database and server connections, you can store them directly in the project favorites folder in your roaming profile. The connections are available on any computer you use, and after updating a connection it is available everywhere.

If your user profile will not roam, creating database and server connections in project favorites provides a way to maintain your favorite items independent of your projects. For example, if you favorite an item stored in the current project's home folder, project favorites references the item with an appropriate file path and you can add it to many other projects. If you later delete or move the first project, the reference in project favorites and the references added to all the other projects will become invalid. Saving the favorite item in the project favorites folder is one way to avoid this problem.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Favorites group, click the Add Item menu and click an option that lets you create a new favorite item.
  2. Provide the information required to create the item.
  3. Click OK or Save, as appropriate.

    The new database or server is added to the project favorites collection.

Add a favorite item to all new projects

If your organization has an enterprise geodatabase, a GIS server, or a folder containing data used by all projects, favorite these items, and set them to add automatically to every new project you create. When you create a new project, these items are added in addition to the new project's default geodatabase and default toolbox. If you create a new project based on a project template, these items are added in addition to the new project's default geodatabase and default toolbox and any maps, layouts, tasks, and connections specified by the template.

Designate an item available from the current project

  1. Open the catalog view.
  2. Browse to a folder, database, or server added to the project or in a folder that is accessible from your project.
  3. Click the item.
  4. On the Catalog tab on the ribbon, in the Organize group, click Add To New Projects.

    The folder, database, or server is added to the project favorites collection. In the favorites collection, the item has a pin indicating it will be added to new projects.

Designate a favorite item

  1. Click Favorites in the catalog view's Contents pane.
  2. Click an item in the favorites collection.
  3. On the Catalog tab on the ribbon, in the Organize group, click Add To New Projects.

    A pin appears on the item's icon, indicating it will be added to new projects.

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