Reshape a feature

In the Modify Features pane, the Reshape tool Reshape changes the shape of a line or a polygon feature by replacing existing segments with sketched geometry, starting where the sketch crosses the feature. Existing attribute values for the original feature are preserved.

When the feature is z-aware, vertices that remain unchanged retain their original z-values. Vertices created by the sketch geometry are assigned z-values defined by your current elevation settings.

To replace the entire feature, see Replace feature geometry.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.
  2. Expand Reshape and click Reshape Reshape.
    • If topological editing is turned on, click Features.

    To hide the Features and Edges tabs, turn topological editing off. On the Edit tab, in the Manage Edits group, click the topology drop-down arrow and click No Topology No Topology.

  3. To select the feature, do the following:
    1. Uncheck Allow reshaping without a selection.
    2. Click Select Active Select and select the feature.
    3. If you select more than one feature, double-click the feature item you want to edit or right-click it and click Only Select This Unselect.

      Only Select This

  4. Click the map and sketch the new shape across the feature intersecting or touching it in two or more places.
    • To create curvilinear shapes or trace existing features, use the tools on the construction toolbar.
      Construction toolbar
    • If you selected a line feature, check Reshape with single intersection to reshape it using a sketch that intersects or touches the feature in only one place. The existing feature is trimmed on the side of the sketch with the shortest length.

      This option is available only when you select a line feature.


    Use the following methods to temporarily override your current snap settings:

    • Right-click, click Snap to Feature, and use one of the temporary snap agents.
    • Press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.

  5. To finish the sketch and apply your changes, right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

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