I am creating some polygon features that map farm field boundaries. After creating about 3-4 of them, I noticed that the first one I created disappears from the Map View. If I look at the attributes table, it is still there, and its label shows up. I can even select it and the highlighted outline displays. All the other features in the same layer display. I am at a loss.

Any ideas as to why the feature will not display?

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    What kind of layer symbology do you have applied? – JoshC Mar 19 '18 at 18:31
  • If your data is Esri Shapefile, try updating or removing the spatial index. – klewis Mar 19 '18 at 18:39
  • How about go to the properties on that layer and go to the Symbology and click on the Categories. What do yo see ? – PROBERT Mar 19 '18 at 18:40
  • I have removed any spatial index from the layer. Only the data layer is projected. It is in fact a shapefile. My layer symbology should be the same for every feature. I tried changing it to Categories by Id (all of the Id's = 0). I do notice that the only feature that is effected is the first feature in the attribute table. All the others are fine. – gwydion93 Mar 19 '18 at 19:02
  • I also notice that the feature disappears whenever I Calculate the Geometry (acreage). Before that, it appears to be present. – gwydion93 Mar 19 '18 at 19:03

I see three potential fixes:

  1. Delete the polygon, save and close you edit session, then create a new polygon.
  2. Export the data to a new shapefile of geodatabase and then work from this new version.
  3. Fix the vector geometry using the 'repair geometry tool' in the Editor toolbox.
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    Thanks. I wanted to comment but I need 50 reputation to do so. I will rephrase my answer. – MerlinLutin Mar 31 '18 at 20:01

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