I have this shapefile and I want to re-align the selected polygon (See image below) to the shapes of the other polygons. I tried using the "edit tool" but it's not producing a good result. What would be a precise alternative?

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  • If you have ArcGIS Pro then probably the Integrate tool.
    – Joseph
    May 31, 2016 at 13:30
  • This tool is also available in the ArcGIS 10.x. However, It's not a problem solved by "Integrate". This tool will use another shp, to re-shape the bounds of all the polygons that are representing the same region. For ex, if you have one shp with simplified boundary and another with a very accurate boundary, with Integrate, both will have matching boundaries. What I want is to drag my polygon downward in order to fit exactly the bounds other polygons.
    – Matt_Geo
    May 31, 2016 at 13:47

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Two possibilities. The picture you have there seems like a movement with the correct scale and form already. That can be done by finding the exact displacement and moving it back via the "move" delta x/y from the editor options. Measure the distance and use for example good old pythagoras or some tool to get the delta x/y.

The second possibility includes different transformations (form or scale might change a bit as well in many cases). You can find the different possibilites in the "spatial adjustment" toolbox. Its done via setting displacement links that can be drawn from segments from the moving feature to the according segments of the surrounding.


I would convert the Polygons to Polylines, combine the lines you desire, creating a new closed line. The Construct Polygon tool on Advanced Editing toolbar works nicely to create a Polygon from polylines.

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