Identifying and Finding Features


The Identify tool provides attribute information about the features of the active layer. To get more information about a feature on the map, click the Identify tool and click the feature.

The Find tool helps you locate features with an attribute value matching a string that you type. The Find tool is case sensitive, so pay particular attention to the case you use when typing your string. You can enter all or part of a word (or words) to search for.


Identifying Features
  1. Click Active beside a layer to make it active.

  2. Click Identify on the toolbar.

  3. Point to a feature and click.

  4. Attribute information for the feature you clicked appears in tabular format in the panel below the map display area.


Finding Features
  1. Click Active beside a layer to make it active.
  2. Click Find on the toolbar.
  3. Type a string to search for in the Find text box.
  4. Click Find String.
  5. A list of features with an attribute value matching the string you typed appears in the panel below the map display area. The features are also highlighted on the map.
  6. Click a record number in the Rec column to zoom to a particular feature, or scroll down and click Zoom to these records to zoom to all of the features returned by your search.

Tip: Finding Text Strings

Do not use quotes around a text string.

Tip: Finding Numeric Values

The Find tool searches for strings. To search for numeric values, use the Query tool. Note that strings can contain or be entirely composed of numbers. To be numeric, a value must belong to a numeric field. Normally, you can perform mathematical operations using numeric values.


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