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Is it possible to have measurements in centimeter and decimeter in 2D flat (geometry) for ArcGIS?

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Yes - use the Calculate Geometry tool and set those as your units.

The Calculate Geometry tool allows you to access the geometry of the features in a layer. The tool can calculate coordinate values, lengths, and areas, depending on the geometry of the input layer.


6.Click the units of the output calculations.


If you are calculating into a text field, you can choose to add a units abbreviation to the calculation. For instance, 47.5673 sq m is an example of the output of area calculated into a text field with the units abbreviation.

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