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Explode a multipart feature

In the Modify Features pane, Explode Explode separates the component parts of a multipart feature into single-part features and copies the multipart attribute values to each feature. You can discard the original multipart feature or choose to keep it and create the new features as component parts, each containing their own attribute values.

For steps to create new features as component parts to an existing feature using feature construction tools, see Resume editing a finished feature.

Explode

To explode parts of a multipart feature, click Explode Explode, select the multipart feature, and click Explode.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Divide and click Explode Explode.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select and select the multipart feature.
    and select a polyline or polygon feature. Multiple finished features must be on the same layer.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane.

  4. To refine your selection, right-click a feature in the list and use the following commands on the context menu:
    • Flash Flash—Flashes the selected features in the map.
    • Zoom To Zoom to Selected—Zooms the view to the selected features.
    • Pan To Pan to Selected—Pans the view to the selected features.
    • Only Select This Unselect—Removes all other features from the selection.
    • Unselect Clear Selected—Removes the feature from the selection.
  5. To preserve the original feature and copy the parts, check Keep original feature after explode.
  6. In the pane, click Explode.

Explode without a selection

To explode parts of a multipart feature without making a selection, click Explode Explode, check Allow explode without a selection and click the feature.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Divide and click Explode Explode.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, check Allow explode without a selection.
  4. Click the multipatch feature.