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Create circles and ellipses

In the Create Features pane, circle and ellipse construction tools for polyline and polygon features create single-part and multipart features. These tools allow you to sketch prescribed shapes and do not show the segment construction toolbar.

Vertices for z-enabled features are assigned z-values based on the current elevation input mode setting. To learn more, see Specify an elevation for 3D features.

Create a circle

To create a circular polyline or polygon feature, create the center point and specify a radius. You can drag and click a point on the circumference or right-click and use the context menu to type a radial value.

  1. In the Catalog pane, do one of the following to add the layer to your map:
    • Expand Databases Databases, expand the database containing your data, and drag the feature class onto the map.
    • Right-click the default database and create a new polyline or polygon feature class.

    Creating a feature class or dragging one onto a map adds the layer to the current map and creates a feature template with default settings.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    Tip:

    You can press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off as you sketch a feature.

  3. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  4. In the pane, click a polygon feature template.

    The construction toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

  5. Next to the tool palette, click the Active template button Forward.

    The tool palette and the feature attribute table for the template appear in the pane.

  6. In the attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
    • For group templates, click a template icon to display its attribute table.
  7. Click Circle Circle.
  8. Create the center point using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
  9. Create a point on the circumference using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click, click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
    • Right-click and click Radius or press the R key, type the value in the dialog box, and press Enter.

    Finish Finish runs automatically.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

F6

Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ

Opens the dialog box to specify absolute x, y, z coordinates.

R

Radius

Opens the dialog box to specify a radius.

Keyboard shortcuts for the circle construction tool

Create an ellipse

To create an elliptical polyline or polygon feature, create the center point, specify an angle and radius for the major axis, and then specify a radius for the minor axis.

Ellipse

  1. In the Catalog pane, do one of the following to add the layer to your map:
    • Expand Databases Databases, expand the database containing your data, and drag the feature class onto the map.
    • Right-click the default database and create a new polyline or polygon feature class.

    Creating a feature class or dragging one onto a map adds the layer to the current map and creates a feature template with default settings.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    Tip:

    You can press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off as you sketch a feature.

  3. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  4. In the pane, click a polygon feature template.

    The construction toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

  5. Next to the tool palette, click the Active template button Forward.

    The tool palette and the feature attribute table for the template appear in the pane.

  6. In the attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
    • For group templates, click a template icon to display its attribute table.
  7. Click Ellipse Ellipse.
  8. Create the center point using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
  9. Specify an angle and radius for the major axis using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ or press the F6 key, type the values in the dialog box, and press Enter.
    • Right-click, click Direction Direction and specify the angular direction, and then click the map or right-click again, and click Radius to specify a radius.
  10. Specify a radius for the second axis using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click, click Radius, and specify a radius.

    Finish Finish runs automatically.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

F6

Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ

Opens the dialog box to specify absolute x, y, z coordinates.

A

Direction Direction

Opens the dialog box to specify an orientation angle.

Keyboard shortcuts for the ellipse construction tool

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