Select records in a table interactively

Within a table view, you can interactively select records by pointing at them, or you can select only records that meet some criteria; for example, use a tool or an expression to find all cities with a population greater than one million. Selecting interactively works for individual records, a consecutive range of records, or non-consecutive records. You can click, click and drag, use keyboard shortcuts, or use the row header context menu to select interactively within the table.

  1. Right-click a feature layer in the Contents pane and click Attribute Table Open Table. Alternately, right-click a stand-alone table in the Contents pane and click Open Open Table.
  2. Click the row header (the small grey square) in the table adjacent to the record you want to select. To select consecutive records, click and drag.
  3. Press and hold Ctrl while clicking additional records.
  4. You can also select a range of records in a table view. Clicking the first record in the desired range and press and hold SHIFT key while clicking the last record in the range. You can also click a record to select it and drag up or down to select a range of records.
  5. The context menu for a row header also contains selection options. Right-click a row and click Select/Unselect Select/Unselect to add or remove an individual record from the selection set.

Work with selected records

The table toolbar contains a set of tools specific to working with selected records.


Zoom To Selection Zoom To Selection

Center the map on the features in the selected rows.

Switch Selection Switch Selection

Reverse the current selection set to deselect all selected features and select all the deselected ones.

Clear Selection Clear Selection

Unselect all currently selected rows.

Delete Selection Delete Selection

Delete all selected rows from the table.

Selection sets also support highlighting records to identify specific features from an already defined subgroup. Both row and feature in the view are highlighted yellow. The table toolbar also contains a set of tools specific to working with highlighted records.

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