Add a new presentation to a project

A presentation is a collection of pages that can interactively display the maps or scenes in a project—along with supporting descriptive text, images, or videos—in a full-screen manner. They are stored in the project and listed as items in the Presentation folder category of the Catalog pane. A presentation opens in a presentation view where you can add and organize the pages to include in the presentation. You can share and export a presentation as a PDF, a folder of images, or a video file.

You can create a presentation for many reasons, such as the following:

  • Show an updated design proposal for a new development.
  • Highlight the analysis results of a recent investigation.
  • Update field officers or supervisors with current status information.

A presentation is composed of any combination of four types of pages: map pages, blank pages, image pages, and video pages. Only one page is shown at a time in a presentation view but all pages are visible as thumbnails in the Page Order view of the Contents pane of a presentation view.

To add a new presentation to a project, complete the following steps:

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Project group, click New Presentation New Presentation.

    A new empty presentation opens in a presentation view.

  2. In the Contents pane for the presentation, click Insert Page and choose Map, Blank, Image, or Video from the dialog box that appears.


    Map pages are made from any map or scene in the project. Use the gallery to choose an open extent or bookmarked view.


    Blank pages allow you to apply styling and overlay information manually. Blank pages can include a title, or title and paragraph space preformatted on the page.


    Image pages use an image file as the page background. Supported image file formats are BMP, EMF, GIF, JPG, PNG, and TIFF.


    Video pages use a video file as the page background. Supported video files supported are AVI, MP4, MPEG, and GIF.

    The new page opens in the presentation.

  3. To modify the page properties, right-click the page in the Contents pane and click Properties Properties to open the Page Properties pane.
  4. To add elements to the page, click the Insert tab and choose an element from the gallery in the Elements group.
  5. In the Contents pane, click Insert Page again to create additional pages in the presentation.
  6. Expand the Presentations folder node in the Catalog pane to manage the presentations in the project. You can view and edit metadata; export, remove, copy, or open the presentation; and access properties for the presentation.

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