The “Edit” Ribbon houses all of the edit tools and also controls the editing session. This ribbon is
split up into three groups; the session group, the edit tools group, and the edit commands
group. If you are not in editing mode when you click on the edit tab the ribbon will look like this.
To see all of the ribbon you must first be in editing mode. To get into editing mode you must
first have a layer to do the editing on, and you must select the layer from the layer drop down
and click on the start button.
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Once you have clicked on the start button the Edit Ribbon will change to show all of the edit
tools, like pictured below.
The first group in the “Edit” Tab is Session. You can use this group to begin, save, or cancel your
Layer Drop Down: Use this drop down to choose which layer
you would like to edit in. Just click on the drop down and click
on the layer you would like to edit in.
Start Button: Once you have chosen which layer you want to edit, you must click
on this button to begin the edit.
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Cancel Button: This button does not appear until you have entered editing.
Clicking on it will cancel and undo any edit made during the edit session. This
button is great when a few mistakes were made and you just need to start over.
Edit Undo: Will undo the last edit you made. For example, if you accidentally
deleted a feature you can click on this button to quickly bring the feature back.
Edit Redo: will redo whatever edit you had undone.
The second group in the “Edit” Tab is Edit Tools. You can use these tools to create new features,
or modify existing features.
Combine tool: is used to combine multiple features while keeping the
original boundaries of the feature. First click on the icon, you may
notice that the mouse changes from the pointer.
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Then just left click and drag over the features you wish to combine to select.
Once you have the features select left click on one of the features and they will be combined.
Now the features will be one while still showing the original boundaries.
Delete tool: is used to delete features.
Once you have clicked on the icon the mouse cursor will change to signify that the delete tool is
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Now you can left click on the feature you would like to delete, or left click and drag over
multiple features to delete them all.
Once you have highlighted the feature
you can left click on the feature and a
dialog box will appear. Choose yes and
the feature(s) will be deleted,
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Hand Drawing Tool: Used to produce polygons, polylines, and
points, to access this tool first click on the icon. This will cause the
mouse cursor to change into this symbol.
Now the Hand Draw Tool Window will
appear. It is in this window where you can
choose what type of feature to draw. Click
on the feature type drop down to pick
between polygon, polyline, point.
First choose polygon. To draw the polygon
feature left click on the map where you
want the points of the feature to be.
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Right click and choose stop hand drawing to
To create points using
the hand draw tool,
select point from the
feature type drop down.
Next left click on the
map where you would
like the point to be.
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To make a poly line just select it from the drop down, and left click on the map where you would
like the line to show up. When finished right click and choose stop hand drawing.
Intersection Tool: Using this tool you can delete all of the selected
features except the intersecting sections.
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Jeffersonian Tool: is used to create quarter calls or most any calls
having to do with township range and section land descriptions.
Once you have chosen this tool select the section you are going to create the features in. Just
left click with the feature.
Now you can click on the buttons within the window to create the features or type into the
blank area. Once you are finished click create to create the feature.
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Metes and Bounds Tool: will allow you to create very detailed
features based off of legal descriptions.
Once you click on the icon you have to right click and
choose create new feature before the Metes and
Bounds window will appear.
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You can create features using the
Metes and Bounds Tool a few ways.
First you could just right click and
create points for your feature by
choosing add call here.
Or you can create call using the
Metes and Bounds Window.
Within this window you can input
information such as the exact
direction and bearing the call is
supposed to go.
Once finished inputting calls you
can click on save to save the
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Move tool: is used to move features around the map.
Simply select the feature you would like to move by left click on it. Then left click and drag to the
Copy Tool: This tool allows you to copy an existing feature to the edit
Select the feature to be copied.
Now left click on the feature and this dialog box will appear.
Select yes to copy the feature or no
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Rotate Tool: allows you to rotate a feature.
First select a feature to rotate.
Once a feature has been selected it will
look like the feature above. The green dot
above the feature is where you can left
click to grab the feature and rotate to
While the feature is being rotated, a blue
highlight will appear to show how the
feature will be positioned.
Left click again and the feature will take
its new position.
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Split tool: will let you draw a line across a feature to split the feature.
Select the feature you would like to split, then left click and drag across the feature to split it.
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Overlap Subtraction (XOR) Tool: is the exact opposite
of the intersection tool, because it deletes it deletes the
parts of the features that are overlapping.
Select the features you wish to subtract from.
Then left click on one of the features.
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Subtraction Tool: allows you to subtract one feature from another
Once you select features with the Subtraction Tool, the
features will be labeled A and B.
Now once you right click you can choose to subtract A
from B or B from A.
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Uncombine Tool: will let you uncombine features that have
previously been combined.
These features have been previously combined, and now I need to uncombine them.
The uncombine tool will not select features unless they are combined.
Select the combined features, once the uncombine tool
has been selected and left click to uncombine. The
features are now back to there original form.
Union Tool: will change multiple features into one, but unlike the
Combine Tool the new feature will not show the original borders.
First select the features you wish to union.
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Then left click on one of the selected features to union
Vertex Tool: will allow you to select vertices and move them around to
shape the features however you may like.
Selecting a feature with the Vertex Tool not only highlights the feature, but also shows the
vertices of the feature.
Once a feature is select you can manipulate the
feature in multiple ways. Left click and drag to
move the vertices around.
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You can also delete or insert vertices.
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Vertex Clean up Tool: is very similar to the Vertex Tool. This tool
takes you through a wizard in which you select a feature.
Then you select the vertices you would like to move.
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Then click where you would like the new location of the vertex.
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The last group in the “Edit” tab is the Edit Commands. This group consist of one icon, the Spot
Spot Well: will let you spot a point on the map using a specific X,Y
Clicking on this button will bring up this window.
Once you have type
in the X,Y click on ok
and the point will
show up on the map.
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