I'm trying to identify features from multiple layers. For example, I have many locations around a river (within a 100 m buffer) which I would like to identify, but instead of having to draw rectangles around river segment and identifying many unnecessary locations, I would want to only identify locations which I had previously selected (by polygon or freehand).

Is this possible in ArcMap 10.1?


Yes. Use Select Layer By Location:

Selects features in a layer based on a spatial relationship to features in another layer.

Each feature in the Input Feature Layer is evaluated against the features in the Selecting Features layer or feature class; if the specified Relationship is met, the input feature is selected.

  • ok, but what if one layer is linear feature, and other layer point feature? I want to identify all point features within 200 m buffer around a linear feature – stjepan Nov 30 '15 at 12:09
  • The Select Layer by Location tool works with a single layer so you would need to run it as many times as you have layers next to your river layer. – Hornbydd Nov 30 '15 at 15:21

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