Adding attachments to features

This topic applies to ArcEditor and ArcInfo only.

You can add and update attachments during an edit session using either the Attributes window or the table window. To add attachments, attachments functionality must be supported on the feature class.

  1. Click the Editor menu on the Editor toolbar and click Start Editing.
  2. You can use either the Attributes window or the table window to add attachments.
  3. To use the Attributes window, follow the following steps:
    1. Click the Edit tool Edit Tool on the Editor toolbar and click the feature.
    2. Click the Attributes button Attributes on the Editor toolbar.
    3. Click the Open Attachment Manager button—the paperclip icon Open Attachments Manager just above the grid of attribute values.
  4. To use the table window, right-click the gray cell to the left of the record for the feature you want to add attachments to and click Open Attachment Manager.
  5. Click the Add button, browse to the file, then click Add.
  6. When a file is attached, the attachment is stored in the geodatabase table and no longer has a linkage to the original source file. If you update the source file, you need to re-add the attachment.
  7. Once the attachment has been added, you can do the following:
    • To open the attachment, double-click it or click Open. The attachment is opened using the default Windows application for that file type. If no default application has been specified, you are prompted to choose the application to use when opening that type.
    • To save a copy of a file to disk, click Save As and browse to the location to save the attachment.
    • To save a copy of all the attached files to disk, click Save All and browse to or create the folder in which you want to save the attachments.
    • To remove an attachment, click Remove. This removes the file from the geodatabase. If you need to access the file again later, you need to re-add the attachment from disk.
  8. Click OK.

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