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Modify a dimension

In the Modify Features pane, you can use tools that edit simple features to modify dimensions. You can edit and drag the vertices that comprise dimension geometry or edit them and individual styling attributes in the Attributes pane.

A dimension feature consists of geometry and property attributes. Symbology is defined by a style stored with the feature class. You can change the style of a dimension to any predefined style that exists in the dimension feature class.

Dimension elements

For steps to create dimensions, see Create dimension features.

Edit dimension geometry

You can edit dimension geometry by dragging the individual elements of a dimension using the Vertices tool. For example, you can drag the baseline points and snap them to features, move and rotate dimension text, or drag and reposition the dimension line.

Tip:

Open the Modify Features pane and the Attributes pane side by side and use the tools on the Dimension tab to fine-tune your edits.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the feature you want to edit.
  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off.
  6. Do one or more of the following to modify the dimension:
    • To edit the vertices of the baseline, dimension line, or extension lines, hover over a vertex until the pointer changes to the vertex pointer, and click and drag it to the new location.
    • To move the dimension text, hover over the text until the pointer changes to the move pointer, and click and drag the text.
    • To rotate the dimension text, hover over a corner of the bounding box until the pointer changes to the rotate pointer, and click and drag the text.

    The dimension feature dynamically updates as you drag the pointer.

  7. To finish the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Geometry attributes

As an alternative to dragging vertices, you can edit the following property values in the Attributes pane:

Field Property

BEGINX

X-coordinate of the start dimension point

BEGINY

Y-coordinate of the start dimension point

ENDX

X-coordinate of the end dimension point

ENDY

Y-coordinate of the end dimension point

DIMX

X-coordinate of the dimension line height

DIMY

Y-coordinate of the dimension line height

TEXTX

X-coordinate of the text point (null if the text has not been moved relative to the dimension feature)

TEXTY

Y-coordinate of the text point (null if the text has not been moved relative to the dimension feature)

EXTANGLE

Extension line angle

Dimension geometry attributes

Edit dimension styling

You can change a selected dimension to any predefined style that exists in the dimension feature class. To edit individual characteristics, you can use the controls on the Dimension tab or override symbol properties on the Attributes tab.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Selection group, click Attributes Attributes.

    The Attributes pane appears.

    Dimension tab in the Attributes pane
  2. Click Select Select and select the dimension feature.

    The selection list appears in the pane.

  3. To refine your selection, right-click a feature in the list and use the following commands on the context menu:
    • Flash Flash—Flashes the selected features in the map
    • Zoom To Zoom to Selected—Zooms the view to the selected features
    • Pan To Pan to Selected—Pans the view to the selected features
    • Only Select This Unselect—Removes all other features from the selection
    • Unselect Clear Selected—Removes the feature from the selection
  4. Click the Dimension tab.
  5. Do one or more of the following to modify the dimension:
    • Expand Style to change the style. Click the drop-down menu and choose a style.
    • Expand Text to modify or restore the text value, orientation angle, or placement.
    • Expand Dimension Lines to draw or hide dimension lines, or change the arrowhead symbology.
    • Expand Extension Lines to change the dimension line, and draw or hide extension lines.
  6. If Auto Apply is not checked, click the Apply button.

Style attributes

In addition to using the Dimension tab controls, you can edit the following symbol properties on the Attributes tab:

Field Property

STYLEID

ID of the dimension style.

USECUSTOMLENGTH

A value of 0 indicates that the feature's length is used for the dimension text; 1 indicates that a custom value is used for the dimension text.

CUSTOMLENGTH

Value used for the dimension text if USECUSTOMLENGTH is 1.

DIMDISPLAY

Null indicates that both dimension lines are displayed, 1 indicates that only the start dimension line is displayed, 2 indicates that only the end dimension line is displayed, and 3 indicates that none of the dimension lines are displayed.

EXTDISPLAY

Null indicates that both extension lines are displayed, 1 indicates that only the start extension line is displayed, 2 indicates that only the end extension line is displayed, and 3 indicates that none of the extension lines are displayed.

MARKERDISPLAY

Null indicates that both dimension line end arrow markers are displayed, 1 indicates that only the start dimension line end arrow marker is displayed, 2 indicates that only the end dimension line end arrow marker is displayed, and 3 indicates that none of the dimension line end arrow markers are displayed.

TEXTANGLE

Rotation angle of the text specified in radians. You can rotate the text separately only if you've defined a dimension style that does not have the text set to be parallel with the dimension line.

Dimension style attributes