- ArcGIS -
Frequently Asked Questions
really confuse people some time. Here are some common problems that really stump
ArcGIS Common Questions
- Switch between
- Right click / Activate
- Place a text
box behind labels or text
- double click text (opens "Properties" box) / Change Symbol button
(which opens "Symbol Selector" box) / Properties button / Advanced
Text tab / check Text Background box and click "Properties" button
then finally click "Symbol" button. Whew!
- note: size may not reflect true printout size
- I cant
deselect features after a query or other selection process
- make sure to make the layer active (with a dark band through it),
then right click layer / choose selection / then "clear selected
to create a new layer from what youve selected (same as "convert
You can create a "layer file" to retain the symbolization
(but it doesn't create any real locational files and is linked to
the original file) -- to do this ... right click layer / selection
/ Create layer from selected features
OR to create locational, more stable file -- export data -- right
click layer / Data / Export Data ...
This is useful after queries, for example, to create another layer
or see what youve got.
- I can't seem
to get "Select by Location" to work right.
Every time I "intersect" files (e.g. vernal pools that intersect
parcels), everything is selected (not just parcels that intersect
- I had a problem because I added a "layer file" that only
showed vernal pools from the original landcover file, which contains
all areas (geographically) and all categories. While the layer file
only showed vernal pools, in reality all of the landcover data is
available to select (and is unfortunately selected). SOLUTION: Use
a Definition Query to display what you want (e.g. vernal pools) rather
than categorizing with the layers properties dialogue box. Then only
vernal pools are selectable.