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Move, rotate, or scale a feature

In the Modify Features pane, Move Move, Rotate Rotate, and Scale Scale reposition finished geographic features. When you select a feature, a circular anchor appears at the center of the selection. As you manipulate the selection, the anchor snaps to other features based on your active snap settings. When Map Topology Map Topology is enabled, adjacent features that share coincident edges and nodes are also modified.

To move the anchor press the Ctrl key and drag the anchor. When you rotate or scale features, the anchor pins your selection to the map and rotates or scales the selection around the anchor point. Press the S key to enable a secondary anchor that you can use to snap the selection to other features.

If a feature contains attributes that define its scale, rotation angle, or location, such as an offset value relative to another feature, these attribute fields also update to reflect your edits.

For steps to move, rotate, or scale annotation features, see Modify annotation features.

Move

To move a feature, click Move Move and select the feature. Hover over the selection until the pointer changes to the move symbol, and click and drag the selection to the new location. For steps to move features to a new coordinate location or by an offset distance you specify with x, y and z values using Move To Move To, see Move a feature to a specified location.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Alignment and click Move Move.

    The tool opens in the pane.

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

    The selected features appear as a list in the pane. On the map, a selection anchor appears at the center of the selection, and the reposition toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Reposition toolbar
  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. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  6. To move the selection anchor and use it to snap specific geometry to other features, press the Ctrl key and click the new location or click and drag the anchor.
  7. Hover over the feature until the pointer changes to the move symbol, and click and drag the selection to the new location.
    • If you are working with 3D features in a scene, click and drag the selection along one of the axis handles.
  8. Right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key to apply your changes.
  9. Press the Esc key to exit Move.

Rotate

To rotate a feature, click Rotate Rotate and select the feature. Hover over the selection until the pointer changes to the rotate symbol, and click and drag the selection around the selection anchor that pins it to the map. To type a specific rotation angle, press the A key. A positive value rotates the selection in a counterclockwise direction beginning with zero degrees. A negative value rotates the selection clockwise.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Alignment and click Rotate Rotate.

    The tool opens in the pane.

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

    The selected features appear as a list in the pane. On the map, a selection anchor appears at the center of the selection, and the reposition toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Reposition toolbar
  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. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  6. To move the selection anchor, press the Ctrl key and click the new location or click and drag the anchor.
    • To enable the secondary anchor and use it to snap specific geometry to other features, press the S key.
  7. Hover over the selection until the pointer changes to the rotate symbol, and click and drag the selection around the selection anchor that pins it to the map.
    • To type a specific rotation angle, press the A key. A positive value rotates the selection in a counterclockwise direction beginning with zero degrees. A negative value rotates the selection clockwise.
    • If Dynamic Constraints Dynamic Constraints is on, press the Tab key, type the angular value, and press Enter.
  8. Right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key to apply your changes.
  9. Press the Esc key to exit Rotate.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

A

Angle

Opens the dialog box to specify a rotation angle.

S

Secondary Anchor

Toggles the secondary anchor on and off.

Ctrl

Move Anchor

Moves the active anchor when you press the Ctrl key and drag the anchor.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Rotate tool

Scale

To scale a feature, click Scale Scale and select the feature. Hover over a handle on the bounding box until the pointer changes to the scale symbol, and click and drag the handle toward, or away from, the selection anchor that pins it to the map. To type a specific scale value, press the F key.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Alignment and click Scale Scale.

    The tool opens in the pane.

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

    The selected features appear as a list in the pane. On the map, a bounding box appears around the selection with a selection anchor at its center, and the reposition toolbar appears at the bottom map.

    Reposition toolbar
  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. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  6. To move the selection anchor, press the Ctrl key and click the new location or click and drag the anchor.
    • To enable the secondary anchor and use it to snap specific geometry to other features, press the S key.
  7. Hover over a handle on the bounding box until the pointer changes to the scale symbol, and click and drag the handle toward, or away from, the selection anchor that pins it to the map.
    • To type a specific scale value, press the F key.
    • If you are working with 3D features in a scene, click and drag the selection along one of the axis handles.
  8. Right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key to apply your changes.
  9. Press the Esc key to exit Scale.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

F

Scale Factor

Opens the dialog box to specify a scale factor.

S

Secondary Anchor

Toggles the secondary anchor on and off.

Ctrl

Move Anchor

Moves the active anchor when you press the Ctrl key and drag the anchor.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Scale tool

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  1. Move
  2. Rotate
  3. Scale