Changing model parameter type

Tool parameters can either be required or optional. Optional parameters have "(optional)" automatically appended to their label, as illustrated below. You cannot change this text, but you can change an optional parameter to a required parameter.

Required and optional parameters

To change the parameter type

  1. In the Catalog window or ArcToolbox window, right-click the model tool and click Properties. Or do one of the following:
    • In the ModelBuilder menu, click Model > Model Properties.
    • Right-click anywhere on the model diagram and click Model Properties.
  2. Click the Parameters tab.
  3. Select the parameter and click in the Type cell for that parameter.
  4. Choose Required or Optional from the drop-down list and click OK.
    Changing parameter type
  5. NoteNote:

    Some parameters are always required and you cannot change them to optional. If the parameter is a model variable that is used by a tool within ModelBuilder, and that tool requires the parameter to have a value, you cannot change it to optional.

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