I am looking for a way to merge or dissolve polygons from the same shapefile that both share a common attribute (in this case, owner name) and area adjacent to each other/share a common border. Just using the normal dissolve tool by owner name combines polygons which are not connected, which I would like to leave separate.

Is there a way to manipulate the dissolve tool inputs or a different tool that can achieve this?

I am using ArcMap 10.7.

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I currently work around this by using the edit tool, highlighting all the commonly owned parcels, and merging if they are contiguous, but this gets very time consuming with larger datasets.

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    Please Edit the question to contain additional details instead of commenting on your own Question. Have you attempted to with use Multipart to Singlepart or encode a cluster ID or othe attribute on which to Dissolve?
    – Vince
    Feb 6, 2020 at 19:17

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In the dissolve tool, dissolve by Owner name but make sure to uncheck 'Create Multipart Features'. The default setting of the dissolve tool has this checked:

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