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IMapDocument.Save Method (ArcObjects .NET 10.8 SDK)
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IMapDocument.Save Method

Save the contents of the map document to the bound file.

[Visual Basic .NET]
Public Sub Save ( _
    [ByVal bUseRelativePaths As Boolean], _
    [ByVal bCreateThumnbail As Boolean] _
public void Save (
    bool bUseRelativePaths,
    bool bCreateThumnbail
  VARIANT_BOOL bUseRelativePaths,
  VARIANT_BOOL bCreateThumnbail
bUseRelativePaths [in, optional, defaultvalue()]

bUseRelativePaths is a parameter of type bool bCreateThumnbail [in, optional, defaultvalue()]
bCreateThumnbail is a parameter of type bool

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.


Saves the MapDocument that is Open and any changes that have been made to it. Before using the Save method check whether the document IsReadOnly. If a MapDocument is read only use the SaveAs method to create a new MapDocument. By default MapDocuments are saved with relative paths and thumbnails.

Specifying thumbnails as True can delay saving complex map documents as the view of the document is generated for the thumbnail. However, thumbnails are guides for users browsing map documents using ArcCatalog and Windows Explorer.


If a Published Map File (*.pmf) or Layer File (*.lyr) is Open use the SaveAs method to create a new Map Document (*.mxd), as attempting to use the Save method will return an error.

See Also

IMapDocument Interface

.NET Samples

Synchronized MapControl and PageLayoutControl application Save a layer file in a MapControl application Simple dynamic display application Schematics Engine application Temporal statistics Temporal statistics