Define a portion of a route

The Define Line Portion tool Define Line Portion edits the vertices for a portion of a linear route feature identified by tracing and clicking two points along the route. This tool is available in the Modify Features pane.

As you trace along the selected route, the current m-value appears near the pointer in a pop-up. After defining the portion to edit, you can edit m-values in the geometry properties table or right-click and use the m-value commands.

To define a portion of a route, complete the following steps:

  1. On the Edit tab, choose your snapping preferences, and show the Modify Features pane.
    1. In the Snapping group, click the Snapping drop-down menu List By Snapping and enable your snapping preferences.
    2. In the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.
  2. Expand Route, and click Define Line Portion Define Line Portion.
    • To exit the tool, press Esc.
  3. In the tool pane, click Select Active Select, and select the route feature.
    • To refine the selection, right-click a feature in the tree view, and click Unselect Clear Selected or Only Select This List By Selection.
      Context menu
  4. Trace the portion of the linear route you want to edit by clicking two points.
    1. Click the first point on the linear route.
    2. Click the second point on the linear route.

      After clicking the second point, the selected feature vertices for the defined portion are editable and their values appear in the geometry properties table.

      Defined line portion


    To snap to specific feature geometry without changing your snapping preferences, right-click and click Snap to Feature.

    Snap To Feature

  5. To remeasure this portion of the route, edit the m-values in the geometry properties table or right-click a segment, click M Value, and click the corresponding command.

    Insert Vertex At M Insert Vertex At M

    Insert a vertex at a specified Measure value in the same direction in which the m-values are increasing.

    Apply Factor Apply Factor

    Multiply all m-values by a specified Factor value.

    Offset Offset

    Sum each m-value with a specified Offset value.

    Calculate NaN Calculate NaN

    Replace all unknown (NaN) m-values with a value that is interpolated or extrapolated from existing m-values.

    Drop Measures

    Reset all m-values to unknown (NaN).

    Set As Distance Set As Distance

    Assign m-values to all vertices starting with a specified Starting M value and interpolating the remaining values across the geometry length of the feature.

    Set From/To Set From/To

    Assign the specified From and To m-values to the start and end of the feature, respectively.

    Set Direction As M Set Direction As M

    Flip the geometry direction to match the direction in which the m-values are increasing.

  6. To move, add, or delete vertices or edit segments, right-click a vertex or a segment and click the corresponding command, or use the commands on the toolbar.

    Vertices toolbar

    Select Vertex Select Vertex

    Select and drags vertices. Click the drop-down arrow to change the selection method.

    Add Add Vertex

    Add a vertex with each click.

    Delete Delete Vertex

    Delete the clicked vertex.

    Stretch Proportionately Stretch Proportionately

    Preserve the general shape of the selected feature by scaling segments proportionately when you move a vertex. This setting is turned off by default.

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

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