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An overview of the Layers and Table Views toolset

The Layers and Table Views toolset creates and manipulates layers, layer files, and table views.

Layers can reference many data types such as feature classes; CAD, CAD drawing, shapefile, TIN, raster datasets, and raster bands. Layers are used to add support for symbology and selections to the data on disk.

ToolDescription

Apply Symbology From Layer

This tool applies the symbology from a layer or layer file to the input. It can be applied to feature, raster, network analysis, TIN, and geostatistical layers.

Make Feature Layer

Creates a feature layer from an input feature class or layer file. The layer that is created by the tool is temporary and will not persist after the session ends unless the layer is saved to disk or the map document is saved.

Make Image Server Layer

Creates a temporary raster layer from an image service. The layer that is created will not persist after the session ends unless the document is saved.

Make LAS Dataset Layer

Creates a LAS dataset layer that can apply filters to LAS points and control the enforcement of surface constraint features.

Make Mosaic Layer

Creates a mosaic layer from a mosaic dataset or layer file. The layer that is created by the tool is temporary and will not persist after the session ends unless the layer is saved as a layer file or the map is saved.

Make Query Layer

Creates a query layer from a DBMS table based on an input SQL select statement.

Make Query Table

This tool applies an SQL query to a database, and the results are represented in a layer or table view. The query can be used to join several tables or return a subset of fields or rows from the original data in the database.

Make Raster Layer

Creates a raster layer from an input raster dataset or layer file. The layer created by the tool is temporary and will not persist after the session ends unless the layer is saved to disk or the map document is saved.

Make Table View

Creates a table view from an input table or feature class. The table view that is created by the tool is temporary and will not persist after the session ends unless the document is saved.

Make WCS Layer

Creates a temporary raster layer from a WCS service.

Make XY Event Layer

Creates a new point feature layer based on x- and y-coordinates defined in a table. If the source table contains z-coordinates (elevation values), that field can also be specified in the creation of the event layer. The layer created by this tool is temporary.

Save To Layer File

Creates an output layer file (.lyrx) from a map layer. The layer file stores many properties of the input layer such as symbology, labeling, and custom pop-ups. Layer files saved from ArcGIS Pro cannot be used in ArcMap.

Select Layer By Attribute

Adds, updates, or removes a selection based on an attribute query.

Select Layer By Location

Selects features based on a spatial relationship to features in another dataset.

Tools in the Layers and Table Views toolset

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