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Is there a way to fill a column in the attribute table with the same value, similar to a paste . Is there something in the calculator that can be used to fill selected records/attributes.

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I am assuming ARCGIS is the software. (see comment from Craig, and know you can modify your question anytime) please add appropriate software tag. –  Brad Nesom Sep 20 '12 at 14:47
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There is much to understand on this realm.
The short answer is YES!. That is the power of the calculator. When you have your selection (which can be done in many different ways).
Open the attribute table and right click the column you want to change.
Please be careful if you are in an edit session it can be undone. If outside an edit session you have to live with (or fix) your mistakes.
the right click will open the calculator
calculaotr

put in your value and select ok.
Don't overlook learning how to use the python radio button,
Here is a tips and tricks pdf to help.
This resource will help with some automation. and can also be accessed from the right click on the column.
right click here
there are some nice links if you hit google

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Assuming you are using ArcGIS. 1.Start an editing session of the layer you want to edit. 2.Select all features you wish to edit in layer 3.Click the attributes button in the editor toolbar 4.Scroll to top of window and click on the layer name in attribute pane 5.Edit the field with content. This will update all selected records.

Note: This question was pretty vague. Make sure you are as clear as possible in your questions to help get good answers.

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+1 for pointing out clear questions result in clear answers. –  sgrieve Sep 20 '12 at 14:47
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