Is there a method in ArcGIS 10.3.1 to calculate coded value domains in a domain field based on a string field source? Please see image.

The solution appears to be to use the CalculateField GP in ArcCatalog as opposed to calculating within an ArcMap session. While this method works, is it possible to display the coded values in the field without the descriptions?

Image displays screen capture of table showing source string field and target domain field, along with domain coded values.

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    I think you'll need to use Domain To Table followed by a join and calc.
    – PolyGeo
    May 11, 2016 at 5:17
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    field calculate the subparcel into lu field and it will pick up the Code and display the Description?
    – GISI
    May 11, 2016 at 5:48
  • @GISI - That worked - thanks! Now: Can we do that without displaying the domain description?
    – r2dave2
    May 11, 2016 at 7:01
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    If you have a new question, now while there are no answers to the original would be a good time, to overhaul it with what you have now done, and where you are now stuck.
    – PolyGeo
    May 13, 2016 at 8:27
  • I'm unsure what you're asking here - it seems like you want to display the coded values in the lu field, but isn't that what you already have in your subParcel field?
    – Midavalo
    May 15, 2016 at 19:57

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I think that what you may be looking for is the Esri Technical Article on HowTo: Display coded value domains and subtype codes instead of descriptions:

By default, ArcMap displays the coded value domain and subtype descriptions in the attribute table. The instructions provided ... describe how to display the coded value domain and subtype codes instead of their descriptions.

The trick is to go to Customize | ArcMap Options > Tables tab and uncheck Display coded value domain and subtype descriptions

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