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How can I correct/alter/change the workspace path in my environment settings?

How can I correct/alter/change the workspace path in my environment settings?


This has been bothering me for a very long time. No matter what I do, whenever I open ArcGIS Desktop, the environment settings for current and scratch workspaces revert to a path that is non-existent on my computer.

The blurred portion of the path, should be my username, but it is someone else's username. If I change this, it reverts back when I reopen ArcGIS. I'm trying to determine if there is a file somewhere (perhaps an xml file) which stores these default settings. I tried deleting the normal.mxt file thinking that was the culprit, but to no avail.

It is getting very frustrating because whenever I try to run a tool, it defaults to this location and I have to change it manually.

I'm using ArcGIS 10.3.1 and Windows 7, 64-bit.

I'd prefer not reinstalling Arc, but I'm open to it if that is the only way.


Ok, I have figured it out.

Solution:

Open ArcCatalog. Go to GeoProcessing… Environments… Set the correct workspace paths.

Open ArcMap.

It should now work.


Without opening ArcCatalog, you can also go to the Catalog window of ArcMap and choose Options at top right and set your Home Folder Path:

Then closing and re-opening ArcMap to check the Environment Settings shows that they have been altered: