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Edit file attachments

Available with Standard or Advanced license.

On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, Attributes Attributes opens the Attributes pane. When you select a feature that is enabled to store attachments, the Attachments tab appears in the pane. You can add, remove, and replace file attachments, and open them with the application associated with its file extension on your local machine.

To learn about tools for managing geodatabase attachments, see An overview of the Attachments toolset.

Enable attachments

To enable a geodatabase feature class to store file attachments, run the Enable Attachments geoprocessing tool.

  1. On the Analysis tab, in the Geoprocessing group, click Tools.

    The Geoprocessing pane appears.

  2. In the Geoprocessing pane, in the search box, type enable and click Enable Attachments.

    The Enable Attachments tool appears in the pane.

    Enable Attachments
  3. Click the Input Dataset arrow and select the feature geodatabase feature class or table that is the data source for the feature layer to which you want to attach files.
  4. Click Run.

Attach a file

To attach a file to a feature, select the feature and click the Attachments tab. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Add Add and browse to the file.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Attributes Attributes.

    The Attributes pane appears.

  2. In the pane, click Select Select and select the feature to which you want to attach a file.

    The selection and the Attachments tab appear in the pane.

    Attachments tab
  3. Expand the selection and click the feature or related table.
    • If a warning icon Warning appears next to the feature or table, right-click and click Add To Map Add Data to add it to your map.
  4. Click the Attachments tab.

    The files attached to the feature appear in the attachment list.

  5. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Add Add.

    The Select Attachment file browser appears.

  6. Browse to the file and click Open.

    The file is imported to the target geodatabase in its native format, and the file name appears in the pane.

Remove an attached file

To remove a file attachment from a feature, select the feature and click the file in the pane. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Remove Delete.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Attributes Attributes.

    The Attributes pane appears.

  2. In the pane, click Select Select and select the feature containing the attachment you want to remove.

    The selection and the Attachments tab appear in the pane.

    Attachments tab
  3. Expand the selection and click the feature or related table.
    • If a warning icon Warning appears next to the feature or table, right-click and click Add To Map Add Data to add it to your map.
  4. Click the Attachments tab, and click the file attachment you want to remove.

    The files attached to the feature appear in the attachment list.

  5. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Remove Delete.

    The file is removed from the feature.

Open an attached file

To open a file attachment in the application associated with its file extension on your local machine, select the feature and click the file in the pane. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Open Browse.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Attributes Attributes.

    The Attributes pane appears.

  2. In the pane, click Select Select and select the feature containing the file attachment you want to open.

    The selection and the Attachments tab appear in the pane.

    Attachments tab
  3. Expand the selection and click the feature or related table.
    • If a warning icon Warning appears next to the feature or table, right-click and click Add To Map Add Data to add it to your map.
  4. Click the Attachments tab, and click the file attachment you want to open.

    The files attached to the feature appear in the attachment list.

  5. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Open Browse.

    The application associated with the file extension starts and opens the file.

Update an attached file

To replace a file attachment with another file from your file system, select the feature and click the file in the pane. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Update Refresh and browse to the file.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Attributes Attributes.

    The Attributes pane appears.

  2. In the pane, click Select Select and select the feature containing the file attachment you want to replace.

    The selection and the Attachments tab appear in the pane.

    Attachments tab
  3. Expand the selection and click the feature or related table.
    • If a warning icon Warning appears next to the feature or table, right-click and click Add To Map Add Data to add it to your map.
  4. Click the Attachments tab, and click the file attachment you want to replace.

    The files attached to the feature appear in the attachment list.

  5. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Update Refresh.

    The Update attachment file browser appears.

  6. Browse to the file and click Open.

    The attached file is replaced with the selected file.

Save an attached file

To save a file attachment to your file system, select the feature and click the file in the pane. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Save Save and browse to the folder.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Attributes Attributes.

    The Attributes pane appears.

  2. In the pane, click Select Select and select the feature containing the file attachment you want to save to your file system.

    The selection and the Attachments tab appear in the pane.

    Attachments tab
  3. Expand the selection and click the feature or related table.
    • If a warning icon Warning appears next to the feature or table, right-click and click Add To Map Add Data to add it to your map.
  4. Click the Attachments tab, and click the file attachment you want to save to your file system.

    The files attached to the feature appear in the attachment list.

  5. On the Attachments tab toolbar, click Save Save.

    The Save attachment file browser appears.

  6. Browse to the folder and click Save.