I want to create attachments to shp themes in ArcGIS (doc\pdf files, web-links). In the Help of ArcGIS I found the description of this operation:

Adding attachments to features

Add Attachments Tools (Data Management)

But before attachments can be added using this tool, they must first be enabled using the Enable Attachments tool.

So, I have to find Enable Attachments tool in the Data Management Tools. But I don't have this instrument in my ArcGIS Data Management Tools, so can’t add attachments (I tried to do it without use Enable Attachments tool, but in this case I just don't have "Open Attachment Manager button" which is needed for add attachment)).

Could you advise me, how I can find the instrument “Enable Attachments tool”? Maybe I have to turn on something in the “properties”? Or this instrument has another name?

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  • right click on the table in arccatalog. you don't mention the license you have. editor, arcinfo? You won't have enterprise gdb management tools at the viewer level.
    – Brad Nesom
    Feb 11, 2014 at 15:01
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    I dont have the answer on enabling attachments in 10.0, but I can tell you that the attachment TOOLS (which you've mentioned) are new at 10.1. Thus you wont find that tool in 10.0. Whats new in 10.1: resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#/…
    – KHibma
    Feb 11, 2014 at 15:43
  • I have License Type: ArcInfo (I found it in "Help - About ArcMap") Because in the "Adding attachments to features" they wrote: "This topic applies to ArcGIS for Desktop Standard" I thought that it's should be possible to use this instrument with that license.
    – natalia
    Feb 11, 2014 at 15:56
  • But if ArcGIS 10.0 just don't have these instrument - how it's possible to add attachments there? I wrote the inner Help page "Enabling attachments", they describe the same steps, but inform that: "This topic applies to ArcEditor and ArcInfo only" So, with the License Type: ArcInfo - can I use this option? If not what should I do for obtain possibility to add attachments (in ArcGIS 10.0)?
    – natalia
    Feb 11, 2014 at 15:57

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You can enable attachments with both ArcGis 10 & 10.1 :

  • With 10.0, you have to open ArcCatalog, right-click the feature class to which you want to add attachments, point to Attachments, then click Create Attachments.
  • With 10.1, you can do this via ArcCatalog, like explained previously OR via the "Enable Attachments" tool.

Regarding the licences levels :

  • With ArcEditor and ArcInfo licences, you can enable and edit attachments.
  • With ArcView, you can only read and open them.
  • The problem is - that when I do these steps (which I also found in Help), I don't have any option "Attachments", and "Create Attachments" I put the image in my first post - what I see when open ArcCatalog and right-click the feature class. Maybe I did something incorrectly?
    – natalia
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:02
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    From your screen shot it looks like you're using shapefiles. Attachments aren't supported on shapefiles. Try a featureclass inside a GDB or SDE
    – KHibma
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:16
  • Nothing more to say than @KHibma !
    – egoz
    Feb 12, 2014 at 15:55
  • Yes, you are right! I saved my shp in a GDB file - and found "Attachments" options. Thank you! My problem is solved.
    – natalia
    Feb 12, 2014 at 18:03
  • Can someone guide me that how can I save a shape file to GDB using ArcCatalog please?
    – azmuhak
    Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58

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