I have ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop software.

I am working with a polygon shapefile (having n rows) in ArcMap. The project demands splitting this file into two polygon shapefiles having n1 and n2 rows such that n1+n2=n.

I can filter out the data using a where statement on the attribute table, but the resultant data does not have the field called "Shape", due to which I cannot plot the polygons.

I am new to ArcMap software.


1 Answer 1


You have almost the whole process.

After selecting the features you want to have in a separate shapefile (so that they are colored like in the picture), right-click the layer in Table of contents (the list to the left), --> Data --> Export data. Choose where to save the file.

To save the rest to a different shapefile, use the highlighted button (switch selection) and repeat the procedure.

This should give you two new shapefiles that together contain all your data.

enter image description here


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.