I have an attribute field which contains Date data. The data is broken down like "3/14/2016". I would like to have different symbology for different years. When I go into the symbology tab within the layer properties and set the field that contains the date I do not have the option to set the symbology for each year. Instead it shows me a list of dates contained in the fields like the above example. How do I tell arcmap to only look at the year and not the month and day? So in the long run every feature with the same year has the same symbol?

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    – underdark
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 18:52

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Create a field containing only the Year by slicing the existing field, and then symbolize using that field.

  • Ohh my goodness. I don't know how I over looked this method. Thank you for the help! Pretty simple answer in the end!
    – jmoore3274
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 15:05
  • Im glad to help!
    – Maksim
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 15:13

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