Quick Tip – Attributes & Editing

Here’s a nice little tip I stumbled on when consciously trying to use the Attributes window in ArcMap more often. I tend to edit right in the table 99% of the time, but I discovered this handy button which saves me a lot of time when editing.

When in editing mode, open the Attributes Window.

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You need to have some symbology set up.

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You won’t see it at first, click the attribute column you are going to change. See the 3 little dots button?

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When you click that, a box pops up.

It shows your current symbology settings, and you can select a different symbol class. It automatically updates your table, and changes the point. This also works if you have subtypes set up, but I find this is great when you don’t. Saves me from potential typos when editing directly in the table.

For instance, lets say I need to edit this daycare facility because some tyrannt bought it and turned it into a community center. I select the point, click the 3 dot button on the right of it in the attributes window (highlighted), and then based on my symbology settings, choose a new symbol class – COMLIVING.

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I click on COMLIVING in the Choose Symbol Class window and my point’s symbology is updated – as well as in my table.

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Close Up view

Results:

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 I confess, every now and then I can’t type the backspace key is my BFF I have an error due to misspelling – COMLIVING vs. COMLVING = uh oh.

This tip may be old hat to everyone, but if you’re like me  this really helps when entering data in my actual table.

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