Set the layer display field

The display field layer property uses a designated field in the feature layer to identify a selected layer in editing tools and the selection chip. You can change the display field on the Layer Properties dialog box or write a custom display expression for easier identification.


The display field property is also used by MapTips, Pop-ups, published map services, and other areas of ArcGIS Pro that identify a feature layer.

To change the display field, complete the following steps:

  1. On the ribbon, click the View tab. In the Windows group, click Contents Contents.

    The Contents pane appears.

  2. Right-click the layer and click Properties Properties.

    The Layer Properties dialog box appears.

  3. Click the Display tab.
  4. Click the Display Field drop-down arrow and choose a field.

    By default, it is set to the first available string field in the feature layer containing the word name in the field name.

    Display field

    To create a custom display expression, click Set an expression Set an expression.

    On the Expression Builder dialog box, use the Arcade language to concatenate your own text to the text supplied by the designated field, for example, "Street Name: " + $feature.NAME.

    Expression Builder

  5. Click OK.

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