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Administrator

These changes require administrative privileges, but if the recommended edits are made to system privileges, most settings (but not the software installs) can be made by users as well.

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Env variable

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Description

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TEMP

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System temp (no spaces recommended)

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D:\TEMP

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TMP

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System temp (no spaces recommended)

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D:\TEMP

Additional software

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  • If you possibly can, it's best to use the versions of Python and extensions that ESRI packages with ArcGIS. 
  • Some Python third-party libraries to have an option to install packages using a setup.py "user" option. These packages can be added or removed without administrative access.
  • Conda allows users to customize a separate Python environment without admin access, and without interfering with ArcGIS's python environment. Conda is included in the ArcGIS Pro 13 install.

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Windows

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End User

These changes can be made by a "regular" user account--no administrative access is required.

Windows Settings

  1. Control Panel\Performance: set TEMP and TMP environment variables to a drive off the system drive if possible. This path should also be one that is short with no spaces. A suggested value would be D:\TEMP. (Regular [restricted] users can override the system default TEMP setting for their login)
  2. ArcGIS applications can leave around a lot of temp files. A cleanup strategy for the TEMP folder is recommended to keep the machine working efficiently. (Image caches can be a problem -- see the note on the Display Cache below.)
  3. In Windows Explorer, Tools/Folder Options/View
    • Unset Hide Extensions for Known File Types
    • Set Show Hidden Files and Folders

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  1. At every major update and service pack of ArcGIS, it's a good idea to consider resetting your user profile.
  2. Video / Drivers firmware Encourage your IT staff to keep your video display adapter drivers up to date. If you are experiencing slow performance or crashes, and driver updates can't be done or do not help, try turning off the hardware acceleration:
    1. go to Customize > ArcMap Options
    2. go to the Data View tab.
    3. Uncheck "Enable Hardware Acceleration for supported layers". You may get a message the next time you open a map containing a Basemap Layer imploring you to enable hardware acceleration - choose not to, and check the box for "do not ask again".
  3. Set up and maintain your your Catalog tree "connections"
      1. Set up connections to folders you use a lot for quick access. (But don't do not too many. 10 is a good rule of thumb.)
      2. Turn off entries you don't use in ArcCatalog-ArcMap Customize > Options
  4. ArcCatalog Customize/Options.
    Many of these settings , apply to all ArcGIS Desktop applications (ArcMap, ArcScene, etc)
    1. General tab:
      • Unset top level entries that you don't use
      • Unset Hide file extensions
    2. File Typestab:  
      • Add any file types you want to see visible in Catalog (for example, pdf, zip, py). Do not add file types ArcGIS can see already (.xls, .txt).
    3. Contents tab:
      • Set checkboxes: Size, Modified and Read/Write.
    4. Metadata tab:
      • Leave the Metadata style at Item Description (change to FGDC CSDGM Metadata Metadata or North American Profile of ISO 19115 to see full metadata when needed)
      • Set Automatically update when metadata is viewed
    5. Raster tab
      • Raster Dataset sub-tab
        • Select the radio button: Never build pyramids and don't prompt in the future (you can always build them when you need them)
        • Click the File Formats button, and turn off raster formats you do not use.
          This may dramatically speed up ArcGIS file browsing, and you can always turn on a format you need.
          Control-click to clear all and add just the most common raster formats you use. Here's a good list to start with:
          • Arc/Info BIL, ASCII GRID
          • BMP
          • GIF
          • GRID, GRID Stack
          • JP2, JPEG
          • MrSID
          • PNG
          • TIFF
      •  Set Maximum number of unique values to render to 500000.
    6. Display Cache tab
      • If you use map services (basemaps), it's a good idea to move the display cache to a local folder off your C: drive so it doesn't fill it up and hobble Windows.
      • You should also clear the cache when it gets above a couple GB with the Clear Cache button.

Geoprocessing settings

  • ArcCatalog settings (saved on ArcCatalog exit) become the default of new ArcMap documents.
  • ArcCatalog - Geoprocessing / Geoprocessing Options
    • Set Overwrite the outputs
  • ArcCatalog - Geoprocessing - Environments
    • Set Workspace and Scratch Workspace to a local folder or file geodatabase
    • Raster Storage - unset Build pyramids
    ArcCatalog - ArcToolbox  window - remove toolsets you do not need, and add ones you want in the window. (You can change these later.) The ArcToolbox window tools set up in ArcCatalog are the default for new ArcMap documents.

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  • The Advanced ArcMap Settings utility provides access to a few specialized customization settings for ArcMap.
  • This exe is in the install folder: C:\ArcGIS\Desktop10.x\Utilities.
  • Some of these settings can only be applied if the utility is started with administrative access. 
  • The documentation for this utility—ArcGIS Desktop Advanced Settings Registry Keys—is in the same location. Refer to this document for instructions on using the utility.

 

Info

Windows 7 Note: Win 7 does not give regular users access to modify variables in the Control Panel (see Microsoft KB 931715). You need to modify user variables in a different place:

    • Start/Search: Enter "User Accounts"
    • Select User Accounts
    • Select "change my environment variables" (left side of dialog)

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