I do a lot of parcel editing and have it in a topology set to a UTM coordinate system. 99% of all survey plans I add into the parcel fabric are using metres as there unit. That 1% of the time I get a survey plan in feet always takes me 10x longer to input. This is basically just because I cannot on the fly set the editing units from metres to feet.

I really hope that there is an easy way to set the edit units from metres to feet, but I haven't been able to find anything so far. Right now I have to copy all the units from the plan into excel, convert them from feet to metres and then start imputing the plan. I figured it'd be easy, like there would be an on the fly conversion tool within ArcMap, but I haven't found one. I also though it'd be easy to simply change the map units, but they are greyed out:

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I can't fathom that I am the only one having this issue and I know ESRI has to have some sort of way of optimizing this process. So please show me where the on the fly editor conversion is.

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    There is a way to set units within the Editing toolbar (so you can enter distances in, e.g., feet even though your projection is in meters)... which I haven't used for at least a year so it will take me a moment to remember which menu it's in! – Erica Oct 6 '14 at 15:06
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    @Erica Thats Awesome! I scoured that toolbar and couldn't find it in 10.2.2 – Cody Brown Oct 6 '14 at 15:10
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    I found it in 10.2.1 and I doubt they've moved it -- hope that works :) – Erica Oct 6 '14 at 15:11

I remembered doing this for a project a while ago, but it took me a while to re-find the menu!

In the Editor toolbar, open up the Options dialog and go to the Units tab. Enter a Distance Factor that converts from units you have (e.g. feet) to your projection units (e.g. meters).

screenshot of editing options / units window

See About distance units and editing for some common conversion factors.

Ground to Grid correction can also be found on the COGO toolbar, if you're using that approach for editing/creating data.

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    Holy smokes. How did I not realize this is what this does. THANKS!!!! – Cody Brown Oct 6 '14 at 15:12
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    The biggest trick is remembering to set it back to 1 when you're done :) – Erica Oct 6 '14 at 15:12

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