Analyzing your map

Analyzing your map helps you to improve the drawing performance of your ArcMap documents by generating a list of potential display performance issues—much like a spell checker in a word processing program. Each problem description guides you to suggested updates that you can make to your map layer to address the issue and improve map drawing performance.

There are three types of messages in the Prepare window:

You can right-click each message to get a quick suggestion on how you can address that specific issue. This will also give you access to a help topic with more information, such as additional repair options. The item in bold in each list will provide the default approach for addressing each issue.

As you evaluate the results in the Prepare window you have the option to address or ignore messages and warnings. If you choose to ignore, you can mark as an exception by right-clicking the message or warning and choosing Mark As Exception.
  1. Click File > Analyze Map on the main menu.

    The Prepare window with its list of Errors, Warnings, and Messages will be displayed.