October 01, 2013
Saving ArcGIS 10.1 MXDs always creates an XML file
Since upgrading to ArcGIS 10.1, I have been finding that every "file.mxd" I save is writing out a "file.xml." I would like to prevent MXDs from indiscriminately writing these XML files. Yes, one could theoretically store metadata for one's MXD in these files, but in most cases I never want to bother with that, so I don't appreciate the useless clutter in my folders. The problem is apparently Arc Hydro Tools. Since I never use Arc Hydro I uninstalled it and the XML files stopped appearing.