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Create squares and rectangles

In the Create Features pane, feature templates for polyline and polygon layers include Rectangle Rectangle. This tool creates square and rectangular 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.

Rectangle

To create a square or rectangular feature, click Rectangle Rectangle. Create the first and second vertex for one side of the feature, and create a third vertex that defines the opposite corners.

  1. In the Catalog pane, do one of the following to add the layer to your map:
    • Expand Databases Databases, 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 Rectangle Rectangle.
  8. Create the first and second vertex for one side of the feature, 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.
  9. Create a third vertex that defines the opposite corners of the feature, using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and use the context menu to specify x,y,z coordinate location, or distance and direction.
    • To create a square, right-click, click Width Width, type the width, click Height Height, and type the same distance.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

F6

Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ

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

A

Direction Direction

Opens the dialog box to enter a rotation angle.

Shift

Square

Constrains width and length to be equal and creates a square when you press the Shift key and drag the pointer.

Keyboard shortcuts for the rectangle construction tool

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