First, I'm working in ArcMap 10.3.1
I have many layers which are made up of multiple features (polygons). I want all those polygons to be merged into one. First I tried dissolving the layers, but when I went into the attribute table they were still made up of multiple features.
I have now found a workflow using merging, but I was hoping there might be a simpler solution. Here's what I've been doing:
When I do that, I get this. There is only one feature now, which includes all 7 of the original features. However, the acreage hasn't been updated. It just took the acreage from the first original feature. Then I calculate geometry for the acreage, and it updates it correctly.
This is the output I want, but I have a lot of layers to do this for, and it seems like there might be a better way to do this.
Maybe something involving the dissolve tool?
Or if this is the best way, is there any way that I can automate the process?
I'm new to GIS and have never tried doing that before.