I find a strange thing when I try to use validate topology button. Most of the buttons on topology toolbar are disabled.

Last month when I was using a trial license of ArcGIS, I can use these functions.

From the instruction I find these functions only not available for the basic license. But I am using a standard license. Cannot figure out the reason.

The following pictures are the license information and the topology toolbar during editing.

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Without an ArcGIS for Desktop Standard or Advanced license level the only topology that you can create and modify is a Map Topology. Geodatabase Topology is not available to the Basic level license.

Once you have created a map topology or created a geodatabase topology, any of the buttons and tools that are available to you should no longer be grayed out.

It sounds like you may not have created either.

  • Thanks PolyGeo, I created the topology in ArcCatalog and registered as versioned. Maybe I need to retry it.
    – ppLily
    Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 8:40
  • Hi PolyGeo, you are right. Now the topology toolbar works.
    – ppLily
    Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 9:26

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