I am aware that a layer contains style information and a shapefile has vector information, but I am talking about a layer which can be interpreted as shape information.

From my understanding there is some option that lyr file can be some shortcut of other shp and when I upload the lyr it show all the shape information that has in the original one, but now I want to export this lyr so I can use it without harming it, but when I do "right click" then "export data" it's make the shp with field problem like when the field type is a f-code it's make it text and show just the code and not what he present and I want it to be just like the original.


I think what you are asking about is the use case for Layer Packages:

A layer can be saved with its data as a layer package (.lpk). A layer package includes both the layer properties and the dataset referenced by the layer. With a layer package, you can save and share everything about the layer—its symbolization, labeling, field properties, and the data.

  • Sorry man but it's lyr (.lyr) but I think it's not much different. Do you know how to export this kind of lyr or even lpk – Ygl Sep 16 '16 at 11:54
  • There is an lyr in the lpk. I think you should follow my link and give it a try. – PolyGeo Sep 16 '16 at 12:12
  • *Polygeo * Thanks for your help but I found the tool I've search for it's call "featureclass to feature class" – Ygl Sep 22 '16 at 21:38
  • I was too focussed on "I want it to be just like the original [layer]". – PolyGeo Sep 22 '16 at 21:43
  • I see.. I'll. Try too be more specifc next time. Thank you anyway : ) – Ygl Sep 23 '16 at 10:46

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