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Fill a hole in a polygon feature

In the Modify Features pane, Vertices Edit Vertices or Continue Feature Continue Feature can delete a hole in a polygon feature. Holes in polygons are created as component parts nested inside the parent polygon. You can either delete the hole or click a feature template for the layer, trace a new feature without the hole, and delete the feature containing the hole.

Delete the hole

To delete a hole, click Vertices Edit Vertices or Continue Feature Continue Feature, select the feature, right-click a row for the part in the vertex table, click Part on the context menu, and click Delete Part on the context menu. This workflow preserves the attribute values of the original feature.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click one of the following:
    • Vertices Edit Vertices
    • Continue Feature Continue Feature

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature containing the hole.

    The selected feature appears as a list in the pane, and its component parts and vertex coordinates appear in the vertices table.

  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the pane to flash it in the map, right-click the feature in the list you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. In the vertex table, click any row for the nested part that creates the hole.

    In the map, the handle for the vertex changes to a solid fill.

  6. Right-click the row, click Part, and click Delete Part on the context menu.

    The deleted part highlights in the map, and the vertex handles disappear.

  7. Right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

Trace a new feature

To create a new feature without the hole, click the feature template for the layer, trace the original feature using Trace Trace, and delete the feature containing the hole.

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

    The Create Features pane appears.

  2. Click the polygon feature template for the new feature you want to create without the hole.

    The template expands to show the tool palette, and the construction toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

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

    The tool palette and the feature attribute table appear on the Active Template page.

  4. In the attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
    • To show the attribute table for a component template in a group template or a preset template, click the template layer symbol.
  5. On the tool palette, click Trace Trace.
  6. Right-click, click Trace Options, and ensure that Trace with an offset is not checked.
  7. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, click the Snapping List By Snapping drop-down arrow, turn snapping on, and enable the Vertex Vertex snap agent. You can combine other agents.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  8. Snap the pointer to a vertex on the existing feature, and drag the pointer along its perimeter.

    A dashed line appears along the feature representing the new feature you are tracing.

  9. When the dashed line completely traces the feature, click the map.

    Vertex handles appear along the unfinished feature.

  10. Right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.
  11. On the Edit tab in the Selection group, click Clear Clear Selected, and click Select Select.
  12. On the map, click the hole on the feature.

    The feature containing the hole highlights.

  13. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Delete Delete.

    The feature with the hole is deleted from the map.