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Currently I have a polygon layer made up of three shapes. All the shapes are listed in the attribute table. One of these three shapes intersects a point. I would like to select just the shape that has an intersection of that point.

I am guessing I use the select tool with a piece of code to select the correct shape?

Thanks for reading


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Have you tried using 'select by Location?'… It is one of the most fundamental tools in ArcMap. – Devdatta Tengshe Mar 18 '13 at 7:22
Thanks. Worked like a charm. – Daniel Mar 19 '13 at 2:22
Sounds like @DevdattaTengshe should transfer his Comment to an Answer so that you have the opportunity to Accept it :-) – PolyGeo May 24 '13 at 7:31
@PolyGeo I feel embarrassed to gain rep from an comment like this. – Devdatta Tengshe May 24 '13 at 8:20
@DevdattaTengshe I'm sure you've worked hard for no acknowledgement many times and it would be good to get another Question with an Answer accepted for the sites stats – PolyGeo May 24 '13 at 9:25

This was literally my second task when I was taught the use of ArcGIS Desktop. The 'Select by Location' tool is to be used for this purposes.

You should add the featureclasses of both the polygon & the point in ArcMap. Once that is done, Go to Selections>>Select By Location and select your polygon layer as the target and the points as your source layer. You can use 'intersect' as the operation.

This is a screenshot of the dialog box in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1. The dialog for 10.0 and onwards is quite similar.:

Image from 9.3.1

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