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I'm working with some data in ArcMap 9.2 and have a layer issue.

I have a light pole layer that I buffered (generating a new buffer layer), but there was a stray pole that was not part of that original buffer. I fixed the attribute data for that pole and buffered it but now it's on a new buffer layer by itself.

I want to move that one new buffer feature to the first buffer layer with all of the others, what is the easiest way to do this?

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I am not sure, but I think I remember that copy & paste works while in edit mode if both feature datasets are in the same workspace...

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Copy and paste? You must not be familiar with standard GIS software and there many layers of unnecessary complexity? ;)

Actually that sounds like just what I was looking for. I guess I didn't try it because I was looking for a command that would move the selected object from one layer to another without duplicating it.

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Copy and paste? You must not be familiar with standard GIS software and there many layers of unnecessary complexity? ;)

Actually that sounds like just what I was looking for. I guess I didn't try it because I was looking for a command that would move the selected object from one layer to another without duplicating it.

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You might try the "Append" function in the toolbox under Data Management Tools...

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You can do this two ways. #1 is to open the editor menu, choose Editor>Start Editing>Navigate to the path that holds the data that you want to paste the stray feature into. Then zoom in to your stray light pole feature and use the select tool to select it. Then do copy and paste and as long as the layer that you want it pasted into is in your Target box on the Editor menu then it will paste it into that layer. Turn off the stray pole layer to see if it gets in there. #2 Another way is to open ArcToolbox > Data Management Tools > General > Merge. Put both feature layers into the Merge tool and press OK. That will merge them into one dataset.

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Yeah, I was surprised this worked, and even more later on when I realized that I pasted into an different feature dataset - I opened it in an different project and there was this well known buffer feature which had nothing lost in this dataset... :lol:

I guess thinking out of the (tool-) box becomes hard after a while...
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You can do this two ways. #1 is to open the editor menu, choose Editor>Start Editing>Navigate to the path that holds the data that you want to paste the stray feature into. Then zoom in to your stray light pole feature and use the select tool to select it. Then do copy and paste and as long as the layer that you want it pasted into is in your Target box on the Editor menu then it will paste it into that layer. Turn off the stray pole layer to see if it gets in there. #2 Another way is to open ArcToolbox > Data Management Tools > General > Merge. Put both feature layers into the Merge tool and press OK. That will merge them into one dataset.



Thanks, thats pretty clear. I'll try both, see which I like better.

Coming from an Adobe Illustrator/MAPublsiher environment where I can select then simply drag and drop any feature I want into any layer I want even the copy & paste solution seems indirect. I would love for someone to overhaul the UI on these GIS programs, they make me want to pull my hair out sometimes.

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I believe when using copy and paste you need to have both layers in the same projection. Just thought I'd note that, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Hi

Another thing to think about are feature attributes. When you copy-paste features while editing in ArcMap, attribute values will be copied one-to-one if you are pasting from/to feature classes with the same fields. Otherwise only the geometry will be copied.

There is also a Copy Features tool which gives you control over where the feature(s) will be pasted.

More help here:

http://webhelp.esri....asting_features

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ESRI's online help doesn't mention any projection boobie traps, but from experience I would indeed be careful when on-the-fly projection is involved...
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