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Edit file attachments

Available with Standard or Advanced license.

In the Attributes pane Attributes, on the Attachments tab, you can add, remove, and replace file attachments. You can also open them with the application associated with the file extension on your device.

To learn about managing geodatabase attachments, see An overview of the Attachments relation.

Enable attachments

To add a file attachment, the source geodatabase feature class must first be enabled to store attachments. This creates the requisite relationship class and attachment table that stores the attached files.

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

    The Geoprocessing pane appears.

  2. 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 drop-down arrow and choose the geodatabase feature class with which you want to store file attachments.
  4. Click Run.

    The feature class is enabled to store file attachments.

Attach a file

Attaching a file to a feature adds the file to the source geodatabase attachment table and links it to the feature.

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

    The Attributes pane appears.

    Attributes pane
  2. Click Select Select and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection list appears in the pane.

  3. Expand the selection list and click the feature to which you want to attach a file.
  4. Click the Attachments tab.

    A toolbar and the files attached to the feature appear in the pane.

  5. On the toolbar, click Add Add.

    A file browser appears.

  6. Using the file browser, click the file, and click Open.

    The file is imported to the attachment table in its native format, linked to the feature, and the file name appears in the pane.

Remove an attachment

Removing a file attachment deletes the file from the source geodatabase attachment table and removes the link to the feature.

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

    The Attributes pane appears.

    Attributes pane
  2. Click Select Select and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection list appears in the pane.

  3. Expand the selection list and click the feature containing the attachment you want to remove.
  4. Click the Attachments tab.

    A toolbar and the files attached to the feature appear in the pane.

  5. Click the file you want to remove.
  6. On the toolbar, click Remove Delete.

    The file is deleted from the attachment table and the link to the feature is removed.

Open an attachment

Opening a file attachment opens the file in the associated application installed on your device.

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

    The Attributes pane appears.

    Attributes pane
  2. Click Select Select and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection list appears in the pane.

  3. Expand the selection list and click the feature containing the attachment you want to open.
  4. Click the Attachments tab.

    A toolbar and the files attached to the feature appear in the pane.

  5. Click the file you want to open.
  6. On the toolbar, click Open Browse.

    The file opens in the associated application installed on your device.

Update an attachment

Updating a file attachment deletes the file in the source geodatabase attachment table and replaces it with a file from your file system.

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

    The Attributes pane appears.

    Attributes pane
  2. Click Select Select and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection list appears in the pane.

  3. Expand the selection list and click the feature containing the attachment you want to update.
  4. Click the Attachments tab.

    A toolbar and the files attached to the feature appear in the pane.

  5. Click the file you want to replace.
  6. On the toolbar, click Update Refresh.

    A file browser appears.

  7. Using the file browser, click the file, and click Open.

    The file is deleted from the attachment table and replaced with the selected file.

Save an attachment to your file system

Saving a file attachment exports the file from the source geodatabase attachment table and saves it to your file system.

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

    The Attributes pane appears.

    Attributes pane
  2. Click Select Select and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection list appears in the pane.

  3. Expand the selection list and click the feature containing the attachment you want to save to your file system.
  4. Click the Attachments tab.

    A toolbar and the files attached to the feature appear in the pane.

  5. Click the file you want export to your file system.
  6. On the toolbar, click Save Save.

    A file browser appears.

  7. Using the file browser, click the folder and click Save.

    The file is saved to your file system.