I've edited my shapefile quite a bit using the Cut and Merge tool (through the Editor toolbox, not the geoprocessing tool). It looks like this:

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For some reason, when I export the shapefile to a KML file, it seems to "remember" the old polygons, as though the merge didn't take. The outlines should look identical to the above picture, but they don't:

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Is this something to be concerned about? None of my other shapefiles are behaving this way. Before I created the KML file I made sure to save my edits and clear my selected features. I also ran the Repair Geometry tool, and validated my topology (which uses the Must Not Have Gaps and Must Not Overlap rules).

I use ArcGIS for Desktop 10.6.1 on Windows 7.

  • If you open the edited shapefile in a new MXD (with everything else closed), does it load the edited polygons or the original ones? What happens if you export to KML from this new MXD? – smiller Nov 28 '18 at 16:57
  • It loads the edited polygons (the ones from the first image). But when I export it to a KML file it still loads the original ones (from the second image). – ale19 Nov 28 '18 at 17:35
  • What if you export the feature class to a shapefile (as these are stored in a GDB)? You can also try to recover it using the Recover File Geodatabase tool (may take several hours). – smiller Nov 28 '18 at 17:43
  • I exported it to a shapefile and now it looks like the second image. This makes me worried that whatever I did to cut and merge the original polygons didn't take...Do you think it's safe to just edit this new shapefile instead of the original feature class? – ale19 Nov 28 '18 at 19:29
  • You won't be able to edit the shapefile with your topology. You may be able to re-import this and continue working, or the recover file geodatabase may help. – smiller Nov 28 '18 at 19:36

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