A quick tour of the Catalog window

The Catalog window provides an integrated and unified tree view of all the data files, databases, and ArcGIS for Server documents available to you. The main menu of the Catalog window has tools for navigating to common locations such as your map's Home folder and the default geodatabase.

Opening the Catalog window

If the Catalog window is not visible in ArcMap, you can open it by clicking the Catalog button Catalog on the Standard toolbar or by clicking Windows > Catalog on the main menu.

Working with a retractable Catalog window

In ArcGIS, you can interactively dock and retract windows against the sides of the application window and slide them open as you need them. Retracting the Catalog window enables you to have more of your application window devoted to your map display.

When the Catalog window is retracted, you'll see a Catalog menu tab on the side of the application. Pausing on this tab will open the Catalog window.

Retracting and opening the Catalog window

Click the pushpin to hold the Catalog window open.

You can close the Catalog window by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

Opening and closing windows

Catalog window

The primary catalog view underneath the button menu provides a tree view of your GIS contents and is used to navigate and highlight items in the tree. When you highlight items, the contents panel underneath shows you information and details about the selected item. Right-clicking selected items will display their shortcut menus.

Catalog window

Catalog window menu

The main menu of the Catalog window has navigation and display tools to assist you in using the tree view.

  • Back Back—Go to the previous folder.
  • Forward Forward—Go to the next folder.
  • Up One Level Up One Level—Move up one level in the tree.
  • Go To Home Folder Go To Home Folder—Navigate to the Home folder.
  • Go To Default Geodatabase Go To Default Geodatabase—Connect to the default geodatabase.
  • Choose View Used In Contents Panel Details—Change the view used in the Contents panel. Options are large icons, list, details, and thumbnails.
  • Connect To Folder Connect To Folder—Connect to a folder location.
  • Toggle Contents Panel Toggle Contents Panel—Toggle the display of the Contents panel.
  • Options Options—Open the Catalog Options dialog box.

    The Catalog Options dialog box can be accessed from the Catalog window and ArcCatalog. The dialog box as accessed from the Catalog window does not contain the full set of tabs. You can change the Home folder location only through the Options dialog box accessed from the Catalog window.

    Learn more about Catalog options

Nodes in the tree view

In the Catalog window, you will see a series of high-level nodes in the tree view. These are used to establish connections to a number of workspace folders, geodatabases, toolboxes, GIS servers, and other resources:

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