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Modify Features tool reference

On the Edit tab in the Features group, Modify Features Modify Features opens the task pane containing editing tools listed in the following table. They are organized by editing category.

Alignment

The alignment tools change the position or alignment of features.

NameDescription

Align Edges Align Edge

Closes gaps between adjacent polyline or polygon features using map topology. Vertices are added or deleted to create a coincident edge or edges with the adjacent feature.

Align Features Align Features

Closes gaps between adjacent polyline or polygon features using a traced line and a buffer tolerance. Vertices are added or deleted to create a coincident edge with the traced feature.

You can set this tool to allow aligning features without a selection

Annotation Edit Annotation

Edits the text string of an annotation feature inside a selection bounding box. You can move, scale, and rotate the feature by dragging it.

The context menu includes commands to add a leader, stack and unstack text, convert text to multiple or single part annotation, change baseline curvature, and follow the boundary of a polygon or polyline feature.

Move Move

Moves features to a new location.

When you enable map topology the following tabs appear:

  • Features mode moves finished features.
  • Edges mode moves feature topology edges.

Move To Move To

Moves features to a new coordinate location or by an offset distance you specify with x,y and z values.

Rotate Rotate

Rotates features about an anchor point.

Scale Scale

Resizes features about an anchor point.

Transform Transform

Shifts, scales, and rotates features based on the direction and distance of two or more from-to displacement links you create in the map.

Alignment tools

Reshape

The reshape tools modify or replace the geometry of a feature.

NameDescription

Continue Continue Feature

Resumes editing a polyline, polygon, or multipart feature.

Extend or Trim Extend or Trim

Extends or trims polyline features where they cross a boundary of another feature. You select the segment you want to modify and click the boundary of the other feature. This tool can also can also be set to edit features without using a selection.

Replace Geometry Replace Geometry

Replaces all geometry for a polyline or polygon feature with new geometry you create in the map. This workflow preserves the attribute values of the original feature.

Replace Multipatch Replace Multipatch

Replaces an existing multipatch feature in a scene with a 3D model from your file system at its insertion point. The insertion point is located at the base centroid of the model extent.

Reshape Reshape

Replaces a portion of a feature boundary with new geometry where it intersects the feature in two places. The attributes values remain unchanged.

When you enable map topology the following tabs appear:

  • Features mode edits feature geometry. This mode can be set to edit features without using a selection.
  • Edges mode edits features constrained as topology edges and nodes.

Vertices Edit Vertices

Edits the vertices and segments that comprise a polygon or polyline feature.

When you enable map topology the following tabs appear:

  • Features mode edits feature geometry.
  • Edges mode edits features constrained as topology edges and nodes.

Reshape tools

Divide

The divide tools split features into one or more new features.

NameDescription

Clip Clip

Splits visible features that intersect a selected feature. You can choose to preserve or delete features inside or outside the clip area, or keep all features. The buffer distance defines the extent of the clipping area around the selected feature.

ExplodeExplode

Separates the component parts of a multipart feature into single-part features with attribute values that match the original multipart feature. You can separate all component parts at one time or separate individual parts by clicking them.

Planarize Planarize

Splits overlapping polyline features on the same layer into individual segments at each intersection and deletes any coincident line segments.

Split Split

Splits polyline and polygon features using one of the following two modes:

  • Interactive mode requires you to sketch a temporary cutting line across polyline or polygon features. You can also click a polyline feature. This mode can be set to edit features without using a selection.
  • By Value mode splits polyline features at a specified distance in map units, by a percentage value, or into an equal number of features.

Divide tools

Construct

The construct tools create new features from existing features.

NameDescription

Buffer Buffer

Creates polyline or polygon buffer features around selected features at a specified offset distance. The destination layer is specified by choosing a feature template. When you create buffers around two or more features, select Dissolve to merge the resulting buffers into one nonoverlapping buffer.

Duplicate Vertical Duplicate Vertical

Copies multipatch and z-enabled features vertically, constrained to the z-axis of your data. You specify the vertical distance you want to maintain between each duplicate feature and how many features you want to create.

Merge Merge

Merges a polyline or polygon feature with an existing feature. You can remove the original features or keep them and create a new feature. The selected features must exist on the same layer.

Construct tools

Topology

The topology tools validate and fix geodatabase topology. To enable them, on the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the topology arrow and select Geodatabase Topology Geodatabase Topology.

Note:

On the Edit tab, when you select No Topology No Topology, geodatabase Topology tools in the Modify Features pane are disabled. However, they remain enabled and available in Error Inspector.

NameDescription

Validate All Validate Extent

Identifies topology errors in the active map. Feature geometry that violates the rule or rules are identified and symbolized in the Contents pane as errors on separate topology layers.

Validate Extent Validate Extent

Identifies topology errors in the active map extent. Feature geometry that violates the rule or rules are identified and symbolized in the Contents pane as errors on separate topology layers.

Fix Error Fix Error

When you click a topology error in a map, a context menu appears near the pointer listing predefined fixes you can apply to the feature.

Topology tools

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