If you want to make changes to your map without having the map refresh each time, you can use the Pause Drawing button. When you pause drawing, you temporarily suspend all drawing in ArcMap in both data view and layout view.
The Pause Drawing tool is most useful when you are changing the symbology and properties of several layers or adding or removing many layers and don't want the map to redraw each time you click OK on a dialog box.
While drawing is paused, your data frame will look like this:
- Click the Pause Drawing button whenever you want to suspend drawing. The Pause Drawing button is located in the lower left of the view window, next to the Refresh button and the horizontal scroll bar.
- Click the button again to resume drawing.
You can also press F9 as a shortcut to pause drawing.