.MXT File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .MXT extension:

ArcGIS Map Template

ArcGIS Map Template

Geographical map template created by ArcMap, a GIS mapping application included with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop; stores the base properties of a map as well as the layout positions and visibility of application toolbars; enables users to create multiple maps from the same starting point.

ArcMap uses a file named Normal.mxt as the default template for every new map created in the software. The file is located in \Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\ESRI\Templates\ and can be modified to create a custom default template.

If no user-specific Normal.mxt exists in the user's templates directory, ArcMap then searches for the file in the ArcGIS\Bin\Templates\ installation directory and copies it to the user's templates directory.

Software's name License Platforms
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop Commercial Windows

Updated: May 9, 2010

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