Questions tagged [arcmap]

ArcMap is the former flagship application of ArcGIS Desktop and the tag for that (arcgis-desktop) should also be added for any questions about its GUI

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Layers with same coordinate system should align/overlap in ArcMap but do not?

I put 4 different layers into my ArcMap document, but only one of them will show up on the map! I should be seeing the other 3 layers as well. When I do a Zoom to layer, I can see one layer, but I ...
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Connecting to PostGIS database from ArcMap for display and query without ArcSDE?

How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap using ArcGIS Desktop 9.3 and later? I would like to be able to perform spatially enabled queries and receive the results back (e.g. spatial and non-...
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Adding GPX files into ArcMap?

What is the smoothest route, the easiest user experience, to add gpx files to ArcMap? Ideally, I'd like to interact with .gpx with the same facility as .shp, being able drag'n'drop onto the map ...
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Getting boundary of raster image as polygon in ArcMap

I have a rectangular raster image in ArcMap. How can I produce a polygon which is just the extent of the raster image? That is, I want to have a polygon layer with a single quadrilateral which is the ...
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Performing reverse clip in ArcMap?

Is there a way to perform a 'reverse' of the clip function in ArcMap? I am not exactly sure how to explain this so here is a diagram:
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Changing data source for all layers in MXD?

I have an MXD. It connects to about 30 layers in one of our SDE databases. I want to change the SDE database they connect to. Is there a way to do this without having to right-click every layer ...
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Calculating Flow Direction and Delineating Basins from Projected vs. Unprojected DEM Data [closed]

This is somewhat of a theoretical question stemming from some discussions with colleagues on the topic of implications with delineating basins with projected (e.g., Albers Equal Area) vs. unprojected (...
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Extracting coordinates of polygon vertices in ArcMap?

I've got about a dozen polygons in a feature class loaded in ArcMap 10, all in geographic WGS 1984. How do I easily obtain the coordinates associated with each vertex of each polygon in that feature ...
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What makes a MXD file size larger and how to decrease its size?

I know that MXD contains information about layers, symbology and configuration of default tools. I have a few that are exceeding 50 MB and are starting to take a while to load up. What are some of ...
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Counting consecutive pixel values for set of rasters using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst?

I'm using ArcGIS 10 with Spatial Analyst. I have a set of rasters (8 in total) that only every contain a 1 or a 0 for each cell. Each raster represents a different years worth of data. For arguments ...
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How to produce a better inset map in ArcMap?

Attached is an example of a generic inset map designed in ArcMap 10. For all the wonderful things that this software can accomplish, there has to be a more sophisticated way to produce better looking ...
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Adding PDF (especially GeoPDF) to ArcMap as data?

I receive a lot of PDF maps (vector, image, with georeference and without) and I am having to convert them to an image file before I can add them to ArcMap and georeference. I can't see any obvious ...
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Converting SLD to Esri layer or lyr file

Is there a software/extension to convert an SLD to Esri. lyr format, or to import the SLD directly?
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Optimal video cards for GIS programs [closed]

I recently purchased a Dell XPS-8300 (i7-2600|16 GB DDR3 RAM|64-bit Windows7) which I intend to use primarily for GIS programs. I bought a refurbished model because it was much cheaper and because I ...
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Adding shapefile or feature class as layer in ArcMap using ArcPy

I am trying to automate various tasks in ArcGIS Desktop (using ArcMap generally) with Python, and I keep needing a way to add a shapefile to the current map. (And then do stuff to it, but that's ...
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Seeking ArcGIS Desktop Tips and Tricks

A couple times a month, I check out the various tips and tricks CW posts on Stack Overflow and always learn something new. I went back and forth as to whether to pin this question to a specific ...
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Changing order of features in shapefile

I have a shapefile and I want to change the order of the features. Is that possible? I want to sort the features in the shapefile because I'm embedding this shapefile in a mobile app. The app will ...
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Recalculating full extent of File Geodatabase feature class?

I have a featureclass in an Esri file geodatabase. When I edit the features using the editor in ArcMap, and I delete most of my features and keeping only the ones in the middle, the zoom to layer ...
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How to manually break statement execution in Python window of ArcMap?

How does one break the execution of a long-running process in the python console of ArcMap? For example, how do you break a long iteration like the one below once it is started? for i in range(1, 50)...
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Creating point file along line (trail) at regular distances (0.20 miles) using ArcMap

I am using ArcMap 10.1. I have a trail network that I'm trying to establish signs along the trails every 0.20 miles. Is there a way to create the point file from the line feature?
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Producing building shadows using ArcGIS Desktop?

How would you generate building shadows from building footprints? I have attribute values for the heights of buildings. So would preferably like to have the shadows' sizes vary based on that. The best ...
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Removing only some donut holes from polygons using ArcMap

I am using ArcMap 10.0. I have a trick for removing the donut holes, which is converting the polygon to line and then creating polygon out of the lines and in the end merging all of them. The drawback ...
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How to use consistent symbology between multiple stretched rasters in ArcMap?

I have a series of continuous rasters representing the same phenomenon over time, so I need to use the same symbology across them all. So I set the stretched symbology of the first raster, with a ...
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Copy, not export, a table from Arcmap

How can I copy a table, or selection of rows or columns in a table, from Arcmap without going through the pointy-clicky-typey exercise of Export table? The destination of said copy could be anything: ...
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Rounding column in attribute table using ArcGIS Field Calculator?

I want to use the Field Calculator in ArcMap to round an existing column to two decimals. Currently I have a column that is 6 decimal places long and would like to simply round it down to 2 decimals. ...
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Splitting polygon into multiple equal-width polygons in ArcMap 10

I am adding parking spaces into a parking lot, and I need them to be exactly the same shape and not overlap each other or have spaces between. In ArcMap 9.3, there was an editing task that allowed you ...
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Select distinct values from a single column of an attribute table (or layer)

Is there a way to select distinct values from a column in ArcMap? I have the data in both GDB and SHP formats. I have searched for ways to select using SQL, QueryLayers, ModelBuilder and individual ...
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Calculate area within Python script in ArcMap

I am trying to calculate the area of a polygon within my Python script. I create a new polygon from merging two together, and I'd like to add the area of the resulting polygon to a field in the output ...
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Why won't ArcMap 10 snap? [closed]

I'm really confused by this. ArcMap will seeminly randomly decide to not allow snapping when editing. Sometimes its only for certain features, sometimes for only parts of the same feature (e.g. one ...
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Defining parameter descriptions for Python Toolbox help?

I'm trying to create some Python Toolboxes for our ArcMap application (e.g. MyTool.pyt) I can see that the help text is defined with the classes self.description attribute. However, once I run the ...
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Find/Replace Double Quotes using Python Parser of ArcGIS Field Calculator?

I'm trying to use the Field Calculator (ArcMap 10.0) to strip out double quotes in an address field (I didn't put them in there, believe me). I've tried many incantations but am still unable to even ...
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Automated/geoprocesing tool to slice, clip, or cut polygons using polylines using ArcGIS Desktop? [duplicate]

Looking for a simpler method here. I am trying to split up / cut / slice existing polygons by using existing poly-lines. An example would be splitting a water body or land parcel at the point where a ...
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Correcting gaps and overlapping polygon (parcels) geometry

I have come across a resource that we rely upon almost daily that is in terrible need of repair. It is not our own product and the supplier is generally not interested in fixing the problem. We are ...
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Using Hillshade option in ArcMap?

Here is a pretty pic of the raster I am using - with no effects applied - just the color ramp and histogram adjusted to show out all the relief - albeit in a very 2D way! I have a raster layer that I ...
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Removing duplicate features with same geometry in ArcMap?

Is it possible to uniquely identify each geometry in a feature layer? Essentially I have a polygon feature layer with many rows of data represented by the same geometry. I would like 1 row for each ...
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Automatic text wrapping in ArcMap layout text element?

How can I word-wrap a text element on an ArcMap layout, when it contains a lot of text? go into Layout mode choose > Insert > Text paste in a long text block eg lorem ipsum The text block now ...
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Repairing data sources in multiple MXDs using ArcPy?

I have about 50 mxd's with all broken layers that I have been going through and manually resetting. The data was moved from another computer and the folder structure was changed so it isn't just a ...
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Deleting large numbers of fields in ArcGIS 10

It there a good strategy for deleting a few thousand fields from the attribute table of a shapefile in ArcGIS using either ArcMap or ArcCatalog? I know how to manually right-click and choose 'delete ...
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Does a large amount of GPU memory help when working with very large images and image mosaics?

It seems like it would help a great deal to store as much of the image as possible on the GPU for panning and zooming, etc. We deal with a lot of very large images. Many range from 8 GB to hundreds ...
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ArcMap Add-in with app.settings not recognizing app.config changes?

I have developed an ArcMap Add-in which requires a configuration file. After spending a while trying to read config values from a single App.Config file (and always getting null) I believe that the ...
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Python increasing the filesize of my .mxd

I have a geoprocessing script that runs the following.. arcpy.AddMessage("TEST...") Yes just one line of code. A blank .mxd starts at 391kb for me as I run my script and save the filesize increases....
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How to get selected Features/Geometry from Windows Clipboard in ArcMap/C#?

I have a custom tool in ArcMap 10. The Workflow is the following: Select Features in a Layer with the "Select Features by Rectangle" tool Copy the Features to the Clipboard using STRG+c Select the ...
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Splitting multipart polygon into singlepart polygons using ArcMap

How do I split a multipart polygon which consists of several polygons into singlepart polygons so I can delete each polygon without deleting them all at one time? I am using ArcMap 10.0.
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Setting which layers are selectable in ArcMap?

I cannot figure out how to toggle selectable layers in ArcMap 10. In 9.3, I remember being able to choose from a list which layers I wanted to be able to select features from in the map. Let's say ...
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Tool or process to automatically snap endpoints of polylines within given proximity using ArcMap?

I created a network of polylines that were all supposed to be connected. However, I just realized that many of the endpoints of the lines aren't connected, but are very close. I think there should ...
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Are three points really necessary to georeference?

I find myself in a debate between what I have learned and used, and my employer. Is it possible to get accurate results georeferencing with only two points instead of three or four? The answers I ...
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Adding simple table of text (Excel) into layout and preserving formatting and clarity?

I am trying to put a simple table of text (excel) into my layout and preserve cell formatting including alignment, borders and text sharpness. I've tried many approaches but nothing so far is ...
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Partitioning Line into Segments using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a shapefile of U.S. states. I extracted the boundary between two states, resulting in a line segment. For example, the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina. Is there a way to ...
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Identifying true curves/arcs in ArcMap?

The only good way of creating circles in ArcMap is using true arc, (compound curves) but I need to convert those to vertex (densifying) because of a compatibility problem. I need info for geodatabase ...
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How to disable and enable drawing in ArcMap using Python?

The script that I'm writing repositions two data frames and sets their extents. When doing this, it redraws the entire Active View 4 times, slowing the script substantially. Pressing F9 or ...

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