Does anyone know of a way to change the background color of fields in the attribute table window whilst in edit mode?

I need this because I am manually editing hundreds of point attributes and it would be very helpful for efficiency to somehow mark which attributes are required and which ones are optional

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I believe this is supported in versions > 10.

  1. Open up attribute table
  2. Access field properties (right click header)

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  • I was looking for something along these lines.... thank you
    – user32882
    Aug 19, 2015 at 18:35

While the previous answer is only temporary while the table is open. It is the only method for changing column colors.
Table settings are in the arcmap options dialog.
Table settings
These color settings affect selected rows.

  • This is essential if you're using a high contrast desktop coloring scheme.
    – J. Nic
    Aug 24, 2017 at 14:52

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