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When running the example data for Alaska, the attribute table view for Lakes only shows the first row. All lakes are displayed in the map view.

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Which lake is it? Maybe you have "only show selection" ticked on. – lynxlynxlynx Sep 29 '12 at 14:19
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There's a possibility that the lakes layer is a multi-part layer. What happens when you use the identify tool on different lakes? Do they all show the same attributes? – Rayner Sep 29 '12 at 19:12
    
Perhaps the shapefile is bad? Here, lakes.shp has 15 features, each one with its own attributes. N. – nhopton Sep 30 '12 at 9:15

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