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Assign sequential attributes by drawing a line

In the Modify Features pane, Sequential Numbering Sequential Numbering applies an incremented attribute value in sequential order to a specified field name for each point, polyline, or polygon feature crossing a drawn line.

You can specify a number format and pad leading zeros. You can also include a prefix and a suffix commonly used by intelligent numbering schemes, such as parcel identification numbering systems to encode searchable information for indexing purposes.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Attributes and click Sequential Numbering Sequential Numbering.

    The pointer automatically enters draw mode, and the construction toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Construction toolbar
  3. Click the Layer drop-down list and choose the layer containing the attributes you want to edit.
  4. Click the Field drop-down list and choose the field name you want to edit.
  5. In the Format text box, type the format to which you want your attributes to conform.

    The format specifies how a sequential number is written to a text field. Typing one or more # denotes the incremented sequential number. Examples are shown in the table below.

    Typed formatResulting text written to the field

    ABC-#

    ABC-1

    ABC-###

    ABC-001

    001-551-100-###

    001-551-100-001

  6. In the Start value text box, type the first attribute value in the sequence or click the control arrows.
  7. In the Increment text box, type the number by which each value in the sequence is incremented, or click the control arrows.
  8. Draw a line across the features.
    1. Click and drag the line across the features you want to edit.
    2. Click the map to end the line and stop drawing.
  9. On the construction toolbar, click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

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