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Create a feature template

In the Manage Templates pane, you can create feature templates individually or batch create them at one time for a layer or all layers in a map. Batch creating templates automatically names them with the layer name or unique symbol value defined for the feature layer.

For steps to configure the tool palette, set attribute values, or add a table template, see Configure a feature template.

Create all templates

To batch create all templates for a map or a layer, right-click the map or layer, and click Create all templates New Templates For Layer.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click the Manage Templates dialog box launcher Launcher.

    The Manage Templates pane appears.

  2. In the pane, expand the map Map View and click the layer.

    Feature templates defined for the layer appear in the templates box.

  3. Right-click the map or layer, and click Create all templates New Templates For Layer on the context menu.

    All feature templates for the map or layer are automatically generated and named to match the layer name or a unique symbol value.

New template

To create a new template for a layer, click the layer in the pane, click the New arrow New Template, and click Template New Template.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click the Manage Templates dialog box launcher Launcher.

    The Manage Templates pane appears.

  2. In the pane, expand the map Map View and click the layer.

    Feature templates defined for the layer appear in the templates box.

  3. In the pane, on the toolbar, click the New arrow New Template and click Template New Template.

    Template Properties opens.

  4. Click General.
  5. In the Name text box, type a name.

    The OK button is enabled.

  6. In the Description text box, you can document the template with an optional description that you and your organization can search and find in the pane.
  7. In the Tags text box, the keyword for the geometry type is automatically generated. You can delete it or add additional tags.
    • To add a tag, type the keyword and press Enter.
    • To delete a tag, click X.
  8. Click OK.

    The template is saved and the dialog box closes.

Templates for layer

To batch create all feature templates for a layer, click the layer, click New New Template, and click Templates for Layer New Template. If the layer symbology uses unique symbol values, a template for each symbol is generated.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click the Manage Templates dialog box launcher Launcher.

    The Manage Templates pane appears.

  2. In the pane, expand the map Map View and click the layer.

    Feature templates defined for the layer appear in the templates box.

  3. In the pane, on the toolbar, click the New arrow New Template and click Templates for Layer New Template.

    All feature templates for the layer are automatically generated and named to match the layer name or a unique symbol value.

Template from feature

To create a new template based on the properties of a feature in a map, click the layer in the pane, select the feature in the map, and click Template From Feature New Template from Feature.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click the Manage Templates dialog box launcher Launcher.

    The Manage Templates pane appears.

  2. In the pane, expand the map Map View and click the layer.

    Feature templates defined for the layer appear in the templates box.

  3. On the Edit tab in the Selection group, click a selection tool Select and select the feature containing the attributes you want to copy.

    Note:

    The feature must be on the same layer you clicked in the Manage Templates pane.

  4. In the pane, on the toolbar, click the New arrow New Template and click Template From Feature New Template from Feature.

    Template Properties opens.

  5. Click General.
  6. In the Name text box, type a name.

    The OK button is enabled.

  7. In the Description text box, you can document the template with an optional description that you and your organization can search and find in the pane.
  8. In the Tags text box, the keyword for the geometry type is automatically generated. You can delete it or add additional tags.
    • To add a tag, type the keyword and press Enter.
    • To delete a tag, click X.
  9. Click OK.

    The template is saved and the dialog box closes.

Duplicate

To duplicate an existing feature template, click the template and click Duplicate Copy.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click the Manage Templates dialog box launcher Launcher.

    The Manage Templates pane appears.

  2. In the pane, expand the map Map View and click the layer.

    Feature templates defined for the layer appear in the templates box.

  3. Click the template you want to duplicate.
  4. On the toolbar, click Duplicate New Template.

    Template Properties opens.

  5. Click General.
  6. In the Name text box, type a name.

    The OK button is enabled.

  7. In the Description text box, you can document the template with an optional description that you and your organization can search and find in the pane.
  8. In the Tags text box, the keyword for the geometry type is automatically generated. You can delete it or add additional tags.
    • To add a tag, type the keyword and press Enter.
    • To delete a tag, click X.
  9. Click OK.

    The template is saved and the dialog box closes.

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