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Create circles and ellipses

In the Create Features pane, feature templates for polyline and polygon layers include Circle Circle and Ellipse Ellipse. These tools create single-part polyline and polygon features.

When you create z-enabled 3D polyline or polygon features, vertices are assigned the current z-coordinate elevation setting. For steps to specify z-values, see Specify an elevation for 3D features.

Circle

To create a circular polyline or polygon feature, click Circle Circle, create the center point, create a point for the circumference or press the R key, and specify a radius. Finish Finish runs automatically.

  1. In the Catalog pane, do one of the following to add the layer to your map:
    • Expand Databases Database Folder, expand the database containing your data, and drag the feature class onto the map.
    • To create a new data source, right-click the default database, click New, click Feature Class Polygon feature class, type the feature class name, choose the geometry type, select the coordinate system, and click Run Run.

    The layer is added to the current map, and a feature template with default settings is automatically created.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  3. In the pane, click a polyline or polygon feature template.

    The template expands to show the tool palette.

  4. Next to the tool palette, click the forward arrow Forward.

    The tool palette and the feature attribute table for the active template appear in the pane.

  5. In the attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
    • If you are using a group template, in the Templates section, click a template to display its attribute table.
  6. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, click Snapping List By Snapping, enable your snapping preferences, and move the pointer back to the map.
  7. Click Circle Circle.
  8. Create the center point using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
  9. Create a point on the circumference using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click, click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
    • Right-click and click Radius or press the R key, type the value in the dialog box, and press Enter.

    Finish Finish runs automatically.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

F6

Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ

Opens the dialog box to specify absolute x, y, z coordinates.

R

Radius

Opens the dialog box to specify a radius.

Keyboard shortcuts for the circle construction tool

Ellipse

To create an elliptical polyline or polygon feature, click the Ellipse Ellipse tool, create the center point, specify an angle and a radius for the major axis, then specify a radius for the minor axis. Finish Finish runs automatically.

Ellipse

  1. In the Catalog pane, do one of the following to add the layer to your map:
    • Expand Databases Database Folder, expand the database containing your data, and drag the feature class onto the map.
    • To create a new data source, right-click the default database, click New, click Feature Class Polygon feature class, type the feature class name, choose the geometry type, select the coordinate system, and click Run Run.

    The layer is added to the current map, and a feature template with default settings is automatically created.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  3. Click a polyline or polygon feature template.

    The template becomes active and displays the tool palette.

  4. Next to the tool palette, click the forward arrow Forward.

    The tool palette and the feature attribute table for the active template appear in the pane.

  5. In the attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
    • If you are using a group template, in the Templates section, click a template to display its attribute table.
  6. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, click Snapping List By Snapping, enable your snapping preferences, and move the pointer back to the map.
  7. Click Ellipse Ellipse.
  8. Create the center point using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
  9. Specify an angle and radius for the major axis using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
    • Right-click, click Direction Direction and specify the angular direction, then click the map or right-click again, and click Radius to specify a radius.
  10. Specify a radius for the second axis using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click, click Radius, and specify a radius.

    Finish Finish runs automatically.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

F6

Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ

Opens the dialog box to specify absolute x, y, z coordinates.

A

Direction Direction

Opens the dialog box to specify an orientation angle.

Keyboard shortcuts for the ellipse construction tool

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  1. Circle
  2. Ellipse