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I am currently working through asset updating and wondering why this is happening.

Scenario: I've selected more than 50 of the same feature class poly-lines. Now I edit to add photo numbers from an adjacent photo table window to the poly line feature class. I get through anywhere from 1-5 of these photo numbers entered before ArcMap deselects my features.

Then I have to re-select all of my polylines and scroll to where I left off. ArcMap 10.5.1 has not been this time consuming until now.

Is this software or hardware related?

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    Are you saving your edits at any point? Saving edits deselects features in ArcMap (no idea why!). – Son of a Beach Sep 12 at 5:41
  • You could try making a layer from selected features (right click on the layer then choose Selection::Create Layer from Selected Features which will make a new layer containing only those ones.. do your edits as normal and if they unselect right click on the selection layer and use Select::Select All to select them all again; when you're done simply remove the selection layer (right click and choose Remove) to dismiss it and the edits will be safely done to the base table. – Michael Stimson Sep 12 at 7:22

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