Copying and pasting attribute values

Copying and pasting is an easy way to edit the attributes of features on your map. You can copy and paste individual or all attribute values from feature to feature or to an entire layer.

For example, suppose you have a polygon representing a lake and you want to apply its attribute values to other lake polygons without typing them in manually. Simply open the Attributes window and copy the lake's attributes. You can paste the values into either an individual cell or paste them all into a feature or into all the selected features in that layer.

  1. Click the Edit tool Edit Tool on the Editor toolbar and select the features.
  2. Click the Attributes button Attributes on the Editor toolbar.
  3. In the Attributes window, right-click the feature you want to copy from and click Copy Attributes.

    If you want to copy and paste an individual value, select the contents of the cell, right-click, then click Copy. Click the cell you want to paste into and click Paste.

  4. Right-click the feature you want to paste into and click Paste Attributes.

    If the features you are copying between are in the same layer, all attribute values will be pasted. If they are in different layers, only values from matching fields will be pasted.