Simplifying a feature (Generalize)

You can simplify a feature by using either the Generalize command on the Advanced Editing toolbar or the Generalize geoprocessing tool in the Editing toolbox. The following steps describe the Generalize command, which simplifies only one selected line. To simplify multiple lines, use the Generalize geoprocessing tool.

  1. Click the Edit tool Edit Tool on the Editor toolbar and click the feature.
  2. Click Generalize Generalize on the Advanced Editing toolbar.
  3. Type the maximum allowable offset.
  4. The maximum allowable offset is the maximum distance in map units that any part of the output geometry can be from the input geometry. You can also give the value in other units by specifying a distance units abbreviation with the value that you enter. To learn more, see About distance units and editing.

  5. Click OK.

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