Message: Layer cannot be edited

This message is displayed in the Editing Status dialog box.


The layer or table cannot be edited for one of the following reasons:

  • The layer or table is currently being edited or accessed by another application.
  • The layer or table is read-only, or you don't have the necessary permissions to edit it.


Solutions include the following:

  • Confirm that you or other team members are not editing this data in another session.
  • Use File Explorer to grant yourself permission to write to the folder containing your data and to the files you want to edit—for example, the geodatabase, the files that comprise a shapefile, and so on. Generally, this occurs if the data was copied from other storage media such as a DVD or CD-ROM.
  • If you are editing data from an enterprise geodatabase, ensure that the data is registered as versioned and you have write access to the version.

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