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Settings for general editing tools

On the project Options dialog box, on the Editing tab, you can change settings for editing tools. In the General section, these include settings for dynamic constraints, the double-click shortcut to finish a feature, showing map symbology as you sketch an unfinished feature, and how the editing toolbars appear in the current map.

Show dynamic constraints

To show dynamic constraints in the map when you create or reposition features, expand General and check Show dynamic constraints in the map. You can configure the default constraint and the default input mode.

For steps to enable dynamic constraints on the status bar, see Enable dynamic constraints.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the Options dialog box launcher Launcher.
  2. On the Options dialog box, click Editing.
  3. Expand General and check Show dynamic constraints in the map.
  4. To set the default direction constraint, click one of the following:
    • Deflection—Measures the specified angle from the last line segment.
    • Absolute—Locks the specified angle to the coordinate system assigned to the map.
  5. To set the initial constraint focus when you press the Tab key, click one of the following:
    • Direction
    • Distance
  6. Click OK.

    Your settings are saved and the dialog box closes.

Enable double-click to finish

To enable the double-click shortcut, expand General and check Enable double-click as a shortcut for the Finish button.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the Options dialog box launcher Launcher.
  2. On the Options dialog box, click Editing.
  3. Expand General and check Enable double-click as a shortcut for the Finish button.
  4. Click OK.

    Your settings are saved and the dialog box closes.

Touch screen input

To enable touch screen input for new features, expand General and check Touch screen input for new features.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the Options dialog box launcher Launcher.
  2. On the Options dialog box, click Editing.
  3. Expand General and check Touch screen input for new features.
  4. Click OK.

    Your settings are saved and the dialog box closes.

Show symbology in the sketch

To show map symbology as you sketch an unfinished feature, expand General and check Show feature symbology in the sketch.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the Options dialog box launcher Launcher.
  2. On the Options dialog box, click Editing.
  3. Expand General and check Show feature symbology in the sketch.
  4. Click OK.

    Your settings are saved and the dialog box closes.

Show the editing toolbar

To show the editing toolbars when you create or modify features, expand General and check Show the editing toolbar on the map. You can configure its orientation and size, and set it to magnify the tool icons as you hover over them on a map.

For steps to configure the editing toolbar graphically using the pointer in the current map, see Configure editing toolbar options.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the Options dialog box launcher Launcher.
  2. On the Options dialog box, click Editing.
  3. Expand General and check Show the editing toolbar.
  4. To change its orientation, click one of the following:
    • Left—Appears vertically on the left
    • Bottom—Appears horizontally at the bottom
    • Right—Appears vertically on the right
  5. To change its size, click one of the following:
    • Small—Displays at 24 by 24 pixels
    • Medium—Displays at 32 by 32 pixels
    • Large—Displays at 48 by 48 pixels
  6. To magnify the tool icons as you hover over them on a map, as shown in the example below, check Magnify Toolbar.

    Magnify toolbar

  7. Click OK.

    Your settings are saved and the dialog box closes.