I'm trying to create a layer from a selection in another layer in ArcMap 10.5.1 like so...

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Doing Right Click Layer - > Selection - > Create Feature from Selected Features after doing my Select by Attributes and Locations. Those are just a Select by Attribute of this PREFIXDIR = 'W' AND STREETNAME = 'WILLOW' AND STREETSUF = 'ST' and then select by location all locations like such...

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Then creating the new layer and showing that...

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All is great! But as soon as I try to label the features/symbolize like the previous layer...it brings back all the non-selected features.

Using the following Python expression to label...

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And the symbolology I'm just importing from the previous layer.

As soon as I label or import symbology all the previous features are brought back...

Like for example when I import the symbology

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Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

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This appears to be a bug in ArcMap according to some discussion on Esri website.

A work around is to export the selection as a feature class. Right click the layer -> Data -> Export Data -> Then export selected features using the same coordinate system from this layer's source data.

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Do the symbology and labeling and it works :)

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