The Catalog pane, catalog views, and browse dialog boxes provide complementary ways to work with items in an ArcGIS Pro project. These items can be stored in the project file (.aprx), in system folders on your computer, on network drives, in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise portals, on stand-alone servers, or on cloud storage devices.
The Catalog pane is a tree view of items you have added to your project, items in your active portal, items on your computer, and items you have designated as favorites. Catalog views provide access to the same items but offer information and options not available in the Catalog pane. Browse dialog boxes appear when you need to browse to a location to complete a task, such as adding data to a map or opening a project.
Whether to access items from the Catalog pane or a catalog view is often a matter of personal preference. You can also use the pane and views together. For example, you can manage style items in a catalog view, view feature class metadata in a second catalog view, and add a web layer to a map from the Catalog pane.
Items you can use in ArcGIS Pro are organized into nonexclusive content categories. Each category appears in the Catalog pane, the Contents pane of catalog views, and on browse dialog boxes. The categories are as follows:
The Project category lists the item connections in your project and the content available from those connections. Item connections include the default geodatabase, default toolbox, and home folder, as well as other connections you add to the project. Item connections provide access to content in databases, servers, and cloud data warehouses. They also act as shortcuts to folders and other items on your computer.
The Portal category lists the items and groups in your active portal.
The Computer category lists items on your local and mapped network drives. You access and work with content in this category in the same way you do with File Explorer.
The Favorites category lists items you have designated as project favorites. Favorites can be readily added to any project or automatically added to all new projects.
The following table compares actions supported by the Catalog pane, catalog views, and browse dialog boxes. Supported actions have a green marker , partially supported actions have a yellow marker , and unsupported actions have no marker. An action is partially supported if some of the functionality described is available or if the functionality is available under specific conditions.
|Action||Catalog pane||Catalog view||Browse dialog box|
Browse, search for, and access GIS content on your computer, network drives, and portals.
Sort search results for project items stored on your computer or network drives.
Sort and filter search results for items hosted in a portal.
Sort and filter search results for project items.
Browse and search for portal groups.
Connect to items such as folders, databases, and servers to add them to a project.
Designate or create items as project favorites and add favorites to a project.
You can't manage favorites from browse dialog boxes; however, you can access the favorites collection. For example, you can browse into a favorite file geodatabase and add data to a map.
Create items, add items to a project, and import items.
You can create, add, and import items from the Insert tab on the ribbon. You can perform these actions in the Catalog pane or a catalog view by right-clicking the appropriate item container (if present) or an empty area of the pane or view. On browse dialog boxes, you can create folders, file geodatabases, and mobile geodatabases.
View folder shortcuts and access their contents.
Access metadata for viewing and editing.
View geometry type, modification date, and file size for file geodatabase items.
View date created, average rating, number of views, and details score for portal items.
Display project items in columns or as tiles.
Browse the catalog with the location bar.
Open the File Explorer location of an item.