Just a quick post for those that are interested.   When producing a large map in ArcGIS and using multiple data frames the redraw times will be painful.   If you are wanting to add other elements precisely and are zooming in and out all the time you may want to try switching your dataframes to draft mode.

  1. In layout view select your data frames (you can select muliple to save time).
  2. Click on the frame tab.
  3. Check the box at the bottom “Draft mode – just show name”

Hope this helps!

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