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Modify feature vertices

In the Modify Features pane, Vertices Edit Vertices edits polyline and polygon feature vertices. You can add and delete vertices, and move them by dragging or specifying a distance or a coordinate location.

Vertices can also include z-values that define elevation and m-values that store measurements along a polyline feature such as a highway or railroad. Clearing an m-value in the pane resets it to the value NaN. The ability to store these values is enabled when the feature class is initially created.

This topic shows you how to modify vertices for stand-alone features. For steps to modify vertices as topologically connected nodes and preserve contiguity between features, see Edit topological nodes.

Add a vertex

To add a vertex, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. Hover over a segment until the pointer changes to the move symbol, right-click the segment where you want the vertex created and click Add Vertex Add.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. Hover over the segment until the pointer changes to the edit segment symbol and right-click the segment where you want the vertex created.

    The context menu appears

    Add Vertex
  8. Click Add Vertex Add.

    A new vertex is created.

  9. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Add multiple vertices by clicking

To add multiple vertices by clicking a segment, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. On the vertices toolbar, click Add Vertex Add Vertex, and click the segment.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. On the vertices toolbar, click Add Vertex Add Vertex, and click the segment.
  8. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Add a vertex to the midpoint of a segment

To add a vertex to the midpoint of a segment, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. In the pane, in the vertices table, right-click the row for one of the vertices, and click Insert Before or Insert After.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. In the pane, in the vertices table, right-click the row for one of the vertices of the segment.

    The context menu appears

    Insert Before
  8. Click Insert Before or Insert After.

    The vertex is created at the midpoint of the segment

  9. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Delete a vertex

To delete a vertex, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol, right-click the vertex and click Delete Vertex Close.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol, and right-click the vertex.
    • To delete a vertex in the pane, right-click the row for the vertex.

    The context menu appears.

    Context menu
  8. Click Delete Vertex Close.
  9. To delete a vertex in the pane, click the row, and on the toolbar above the vertices table, click Delete Vertex Delete.
    • To use the context menu, right-click the row and click Delete.
      Delete vertex
  10. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Delete multiple vertices by clicking

To delete multiple vertices by clicking them, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. On the vertices toolbar, click Delete Vertex Delete Vertex, and click each vertex.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. On the vertices toolbar, click Delete Vertex Delete Vertex, and click each vertex.
  8. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Move a vertex by dragging

To move a vertex by dragging it, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol, and click and drag the vertex. In a scene, press and hold the H key to drag a vertex vertically in the z direction.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol, and click and drag the vertex.
    • In a scene, press and hold the H key to drag the vertex vertically in the z direction.
  8. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

H

Edit elevation

Moves a z-enabled vertex vertically when you press the H key and drag the vertex.

Ctrl

Bézier handle

Moves a Bézier control handle overlapping an active vertex when you press the Ctrl key and drag the handle.

Ctrl

Bézier segment

Moves a Bézier segment when you press the Ctrl key and drag the segment.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Vertices tool

Move a vertex to a coordinate location

To move a vertex to a coordinate location, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol, right-click and click Move to Absolute XYZ on the context menu.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol.
  8. Right-click the vertex, click Move to Absolute XYZ, type the coordinates in the dialog box, and press Enter.
  9. To edit vertex values in the pane, click its x, y, or z field in the vertices table, and type the new value.
    • To apply the same z-value to several vertices, select the rows, click Change z value Edit Z-Value, type the elevation, and press Enter. Press Ctrl to select multiple rows. Press Shift to select all rows between the first and last row you click.
  10. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Move a vertex a specified distance

To move a vertex a specified distance from its current location, click Vertices Edit Vertices, click the Features tab, and select the feature. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol, right-click and click Move Delta XYZ on the context menu.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Vertices toolbar
  5. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  7. Hover over the vertex until the pointer changes to the move symbol.
  8. Right-click the vertex, click Move Delta XYZ, type the x, y, and z distances you want to move the vertex in the dialog box, and press Enter.
  9. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

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