Setting Up a Map Book Template
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

To set up a map book template

  1. Open an existing map book template. Map book templates for a variety of paper sizes are included in the Templates folder. Choose from 8.5x11, 8.5x14, 11x17, A3, or A4.
  2. Do the following:
    • Right-click a layout tab and choose Rename. Type a new name for this layout.
      NoteIf you do not see the layout tabs, click Options Display tab, check Display Layout and Model Tabs, and create a new layout.
    • Right-click the renamed layout tab. Choose Page Setup Manager to specify plotter and paper information.
      NoteThis information will be used every time you publish your map book to a plotter. You cannot change these settings at print time. For more information about this dialog box, type “Page Setup Manager” in the Search tab of the help.
  3. Resize the viewports on the layout as needed:
    • To resize a viewport, click it to select it. Click and drag a corner grip.
    • If you do not want to use one of the viewports that appear on the template, select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  4. Customize the viewports on the template as desired:
    • Double-click the outside frame of the title block to change its attributes or text properties. Items that display pound signs (###) are variables. Right-click a variable to change its value.
    • Double-click an arrow block to change its text properties.
  5. When the elements appear as you want them, you must Identify the layout placeholders.
  6. After identifying the placeholders, save the map file as a DWT (AutoCAD Drawing Template) file.
NoteYou can also create a map book layout in an existing map, and use that map as your map book template. Be sure to rename the layout tab that you plan to use for map books. You can have multiple layout templates in a map.