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Configure unit settings for editing

On the project Options dialog box, on the Units tab, you can add direction, distance, and location units of measure to your project. This makes them available in editing dialog boxes for constraint tools that specify distance, direction, or location.

For example, if your map is set to a state plane coordinate system with units in U.S. survey feet, and you add meters to the project, meter (m) appears as an optional unit in the drop-down list when you create a line segment at a specified distance. Your values are automatically converted.

Distance dialog box

To learn more about unit settings for editing, see the following:

For steps to change the coordinate display units that appear at the bottom of a map or scene view, see Map units, location units, and display units.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the Options dialog box launcher Launcher.

    The dialog box appears.

    Units table
  2. Click Units and click one of the following unit types:
    • Distance Units
    • Angular Units
    • Location Units
    • Direction Units

    The unit table appears.

  3. In the bottom row, click <Select Unit Code> and choose a unit of measure.

    The unit name appears in the table.

  4. Right-click the unit name and use the context menu to format the unit, set it as the default unit, or remove it from the project.
    Set unit format
  5. Click OK.

    Your settings are saved to the project and the dialog box closes.

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