Data frame rules are a set of properties that define and share data frame settings. Settings include scale, extent, size, rotation, and coordinate system. Data frame rules are highly configurable and can be saved and reused.
You can apply data frame rules to any data frame in any map document. You can configure data frame rules for a single frame. You can also configure rules for multiple data frames. In this configuration, you share settings like scale, extent, and size across multiple data frames. This allows you to enforce rules from basemap data frames to inset map data frames.
You can save data frame rules to an XML file and reuse or distribute them based on your organization's specifications. You can load and save them in a product library to automate data frame settings.