Editing tools and menus in ArcGIS Pro are contextual. They appear when you select certain features such as a polygon or an annotation feature. Toolbars appear when you run a particular tool. Editing panes contain tools for creating or editing features, attributes, related records, and file attachments. You open task panes from the ribbon and typically dock them to the side of a map or scene.
This topic provides a quick tour of editing tools, menus, task panes, and toolbars, and where to find them. For detailed steps to use a specific tool, browse the table of contents or search the Help using a keyword or phrase.
On the Edit tab, each group contains a collection of closely related tools and commands for editing features and managing your workspace. In most cases, they are the starting point for a typical workflow.
In the Clipboard group, Cut , Copy , Paste , and Paste Special copy features to the clipboard and paste them to the same layer or a different layer.
In the Manage Edits group, you can toggle topological editing on or off, view editing permissions for layers in your workspace, and change project and application settings for editing.
Status reports editing permissions and source information for layers in your workspace.
Map Topology enables and disables topological editing for visible layers in the current map.
The Editing Options dialog box launcher provides access to project and application settings for editing.
In the Snapping group, you can set your snapping preferences. These controls are also available in a pop-up menu on the status bar at the bottom of the current map.
In the Features group, you can delete selected features in the current map or scene, and open editing task panes for creating or modifying features and managing feature templates.
Create Features opens the task pane containing feature templates and related construction tools for layers in the current map.
Modify Features opens the task pane containing editing tools that modify features. You can right-click a tool and add it to to the Favorites tab or to the Tools gallery on the Edit tab.
The Manage Templates dialog box launcher opens the task pane containing all feature templates defined for the project. You can batch create templates, create and configure them individually, and delete them.
In the Selection group, you can set the active selection method, run a selection tool, clear a selection, and open the Attributes pane. The selection tools in the Modify Feature pane also use the active selection method you set in this group.
Attributes opens the task pane where you edit feature attributes and related records, modify annotation properties, and manage file attachments.
The Attachments tab and toolbar appear in the pane when you select a feature with file attachments enabled.
The Annotation tab and toolbar appear in the pane when you select an annotation feature.
The Tools group hosts the tools gallery. You can add and remove editing tools in this gallery from the full collection in the Modify Features pane.
The Elevation group contains tools for specifying z-values when you create z-enabled or multipatch features, and provides access to elevation surface settings for the current map or scene.
Editing toolbars and context menus
Editing toolbars and context menus appear when you run a particular tool, and they contain additional tools and commands for completing the workflow. To cancel or close a context menu, click anywhere in a map or a scene away from selectable features, or press the Esc key.
General editing context menu
A context menu containing general editing tools appears when you select a feature and right-click the current map or scene. If you do not select a feature, tools that require a selection are disabled. Multipatch and 3D tools appear on the menu when a map or scene contain z-enabled features.
The reposition toolbar appears when you run a tool that moves, scales, or rotates features. If you right-click the map while the toolbar is active, the toolbar changes to a mini toolbar and appears above a context menu containing general editing tools.
The construction toolbar appears when you create polyline or polygon features using a feature template, or modify a feature with tools that create linear geometry such as Reshape . These tools create straight and curved line segments.
Construction context menu
If you right-click the map while the toolbar is active, the toolbar changes to a mini toolbar and appears above a context menu containing commands for creating and constraining new geometry.
The vertices toolbar appears when you edit a polyline or a polygon feature using Vertices . The tools can perform the same operation multiple times, such as clicking and deleting several vertices along a segment.
Vertices context menu
If you right-click a vertex while the toolbar is active, the toolbar closes and a context menu appears on the map containing commands for editing vertices. When you close or exit the menu, the vertices toolbar appears.
Segments context menu
If you right-click a segment while the toolbar is active, the toolbar closes and a context menu appears on the map containing commands for editing segments. When you close or exit the menu, the vertices toolbar appears.
In the Contents pane, you can write-protect a layer and toggle snapping on and off by layer.
List By Editing
The check boxes on the List By Editing tab enable editing for a layer. These settings apply to the current map and do not change permissions granted at the data source.
List By Snapping
The check boxes on the List By Snapping tab enable snapping for a layer.