In the Modify Features pane, Clip splits visible features that intersect a selected feature. You can choose to preserve or delete features inside or outside the clip area, or keep all features. The buffer distance defines the extent of the clipping area around the selected feature.
When you select a polygon as the clipping feature, specify a buffer distance that is 0 (zero) or greater. For example, to remove overlaps between polygon features, select the feature you want to preserve, set the buffer distance to 0 (zero), and discard the intersecting features inside the clip area.
When you select a polyline or a point feature as the clipping feature, specify a buffer distance that is greater than zero. For example, to clip a series of adjacent parcel polygon features at a uniform distance from a road centerline, select the centerline, specify the buffer distance, and discard the intersecting features inside the clip area.
To clip one or more features, select the clipping feature, specify a buffer distance, choose to preserve, discard, or split and keep all features, and click Clip.
- On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify .
The Modify Features pane appears.
- Expand Divide and click Clip .
The tool opens in the pane.
- In the pane, click Select and select the clipping feature that is on the same layer as the features you want to clip.
The selection appears as a list in the pane.
- To refine your selection, right-click a feature in the list and use the following commands on the context menu:
- Flash —Flashes the selected features in the map.
- Zoom To —Zooms the view to the selected features.
- Pan To—Pans the view to the selected features.
- Only Select This —Removes all other features from the selection.
- Unselect —Removes the feature from the selection.
- In the Buffer Distance text box, type the distance that defines the extent of the clipping area around the selected feature.
A buffer appears around the clipping feature indicating the extent of the clipping area.
- Click one of the following to preserve or delete the split features:
- Preserve —Preserves the features inside the clipping area and deletes all other intersecting features.
- Discard —Deletes the features inside the clipping area and preserves all other intersecting features.
- Split —Preserves all intersecting features.
- Click Clip.
The features within the clipping area are split where they intersect the clipping feature, and deleted or preserved based on your settings.