Projects contain maps, layouts, connections to your data, feature templates, and editing tools. To start editing, open the project containing your maps and open a map. You can create or modify geographic and annotation features, as well as edit feature attributes and related table data using tools and commands on the ribbon, in the editing panes, and on the context menus.
You create new features using feature templates. To modify a finished feature, select a tool, select the feature, and perform the edit. If feature data does not exist in your project, you can right-click the default geodatabase in the Project pane and create a new feature class.
This topic provides a basic workflow for opening a map and modifying or creating feature data. For detailed steps using a specific tool, browse the table of contents or search for a particular keyword or workflow. To learn how to create a new project, see Create a new project.
Open the project
To open a map, start ArcGIS Pro, open the project, and open the map containing your feature layers.
- Start ArcGIS Pro and sign in if necessary.
- On the start page, click a recent project or browse to an existing project .
- On the View tab, in the Windows group, click the Project arrow, and click Project Pane .
The Project pane appears.
- In the Project pane, expand Maps and click Open to open your map.
- If the map does not exist, create a new map or import an existing map. To learn more about adding a map, see Add maps to a project.
Add or create feature layers
To add layers to your map, in the Projects pane, click and drag the features onto the map. If feature data does not exist, right-click the target geodatabase and create a new feature class. Layers for new feature classes are automatically added to the active map.
- In the Project pane, expand Databases .
- Expand the target database and drag your feature data onto the map.
- If a feature datasource does not exist, you can right-click the target geodatabase, click New, and click Feature Class .
Create Feature Class opens in the Geoprocessing pane.
- Type the feature class name, choose the geometry type, select the coordinate system, and click Run .
The new feature layer is automatically added to the active map.
View permissions and warnings
To view editing permissions and other status information for the data in the current map, on the Edit tab, click Status . Expand a status message and a workspace. To view additional information about a datasource, hover over the workspace or the contents of the workspace. To open a help topic regarding an error, click the Help icon .
To learn more, see View edit privileges for layers
Enable or disable editing for a layer
To write-protect a layer and guard against making unintended changes, in the Contents pane, click the Editing tab , and uncheck the layer check box. Enabling or disabling editing for a layer does not change the view or edit access privileges granted in an enterprise geodatabase.
To learn more, see Enable or disable editing by layer
Create new features
To create new features, open the Create Features pane and click a feature template. The default construction tool runs automatically. Next to the tool palette, click the forward arrow and type attribute values in the feature attribute table before creating the new feature.
- On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Create .
The Create Features pane appears.
- Click a feature template, and click the forward arrow .
Active Template opens in the Create Features pane.
- In the feature attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
- On the status bar at the bottom of the current map view, click Snapping and set your snapping preferences. To temporarily turn snapping off, press and hold the Spacebar as you create the feature.
- Click the map and create the new feature.
- To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish or press the F2 key.
Modify finished features
To modify features, open the Modify Features pane, click a tool, click the selection tool in the pane, and select the feature. Interactive tools use the Finish command to complete the edit. Execution tools use parameters and run similar to geoprocessing tools.
Some tools can be toggled between editing features and editing map topology edges and nodes. To learn more about editing map topology, see Introduction to editing topology.
- On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify .
The Modify Features pane appears.
- Expand a tool category and click a tool.
The tool opens in the pane.
- Select the feature or features you want to edit.
- Modify the selection using the workflow prescribed by the specific tool.
Save, discard, or undo your edits
On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, you can save or discard your changes by clicking Save Edits or Discard Edits . When you edit nonversioned data sources, saving or discarding your edits releases the data locks placed on the data while you performed edits. By default, a dialog box appears giving you the option to click Yes or No.
To learn more, see Save discard or undo edits