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Copy and paste using the clipboard

On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, you can copy selected features to the clipboard using Cut Cut or Copy Copy, and paste the contents of the clipboard to a map using Paste Paste.

Paste Special allows you to paste features to a different layer and paste attribute values from the clipboard, a feature template, or the layer data source. Pasting a 2D polygon to a multipatch layer converts it to a multipatch feature that you can edit and extrude.

Note:

When you paste annotation features in this release of ArcGIS Pro, the Keep source attribute values checkbox is disabled in the Paste Special dialog box.

Copy selected features

To copy features and their attributes to the clipboard, select the features and click Copy Copy.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Select Select and select the features you want to copy.
  2. On the Edit tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy Copy, or press Ctrl+C.

    The features and their attribute values are copied to the clipboard.

Cut selected features

To copy features and their attributes to the clipboard and automatically delete the features from the map, select the features and click Cut Cut.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Select Select and select the features you want to copy.
  2. On the Edit tab, in the Clipboard group, click Cut Cut or press Ctrl+X.

    The features are deleted from the current map and copied to the clipboard with their attribute values.

Paste features to the source layer

To paste the contents of the clipboard to the source layer in the current map, click Paste Paste or press Ctrl+V and click the map.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste Paste or press Ctrl+V.

    The contents of the clipboard are pasted to their source layers at their original location in the current map. The copied features are the current selection, and Move Move runs automatically.

  2. Click and drag the selection to the new location.
  3. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

Paste features to a different layer

To paste the contents of the clipboard to a different layer in the current map, click Paste Special or press Ctrl+Alt+V, specify the destination layer, and click the map. You can paste the attribute values from the clipboard, a feature template, or the data source. Pasting a 2D polygon to a multipatch layer converts it to a multipatch feature that you can edit and extrude.

  1. Click Paste Special or press Ctrl+Alt+V.

    The Paste Special dialog box appears.

    Paste Special
  2. Choose a feature type contained in the clipboard that you want to paste.
    Note:

    This option does not appear in the dialog box when the clipboard contains one feature type.

  3. Click one of the following:
    • Template—Paste the contents of the clipboard to the target layer defined by the selected feature template.

      By default, the attributes stored with the template are pasted with the features.

    • Layer—Paste the contents of the clipboard to the selected layer.

      By default, the default attributes from the data source are pasted with the features.

  4. Check Keep source attribute values to paste the attributes contained in the clipboard.
  5. Click OK.

    The contents of the clipboard are pasted to the layer you specified. The pasted features are the current selection, and Move Move runs automatically.

  6. Click and drag the selection to the new location.
  7. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

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