I am trying to turn off a lot of annotations at once by using Field Calculator to set status to Unplaced. Just typing "Unplaced" into the expression, I get this error:

The calculated value is invalid for the row with ObjectID = 408. For example the calculated value may be too large for the field or you may be trying to add a string to a number field. This row will not be updated.

I understand that I'm trying to drop a string value into the field and it won't accept that. What data type/value should I be using instead?

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The Status values "Placed" and "Unplaced" are coded values in a Domain, representing actual values of 0 and 1 respectively. Try your calculation with 1 instead.

  • Works perfectly -- I feel silly for being baffled by that. Thanks.
    – Erica
    Aug 4, 2014 at 15:19
  • Yes, it's very frustrating that domain-coded fields can't be calculated using either the raw values or the codes. Hopefully on day. Would you mind marking the answer as correct? :)
    – nmpeterson
    Aug 4, 2014 at 15:25

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