Setting the current spatial information

This topic applies to ArcEditor and ArcInfo only.

The Feature Builder has several properties that can be customized on the General tab on the Feature Builder Settings dialog box including the precision of coordinates, the function library to use, snapping, and the spatial reference extent. The Other category contains options that allow you to set the Projection System and Scratch Spatial Reference and reset all the Feature Builder values to the default values.


If you change the spatial reference of the scratch layers while they are added in the table of contents in an ArcMap session, you should remove the layers with the previous spatial reference and add the layers with the new one using the Add scratch data layers tool Add scratch data layers on the Feature Builder window.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the menu bar, click Customize > Toolbars > Production Feature Builder.
  3. Click the Launch Feature Builder button Launch Feature Builder on the Production Feature Builder toolbar.

    The Feature Builder window appears in ArcMap.

    The Feature Builder window
    The Feature Builder window


    The Feature Builder window can be placed anywhere in ArcMap, or in the TOC, with the aid of the arrows showing the possible placement positions.

  4. Click the Settings button Settings at the top of the Feature Builder window.
    The Feature Builder Settings dialog box appears.
  5. Click General on the left-hand pane.
    Feature Builder Settings General pane
  6. Click the cell next to Set Current Spatial Information.
    This property sets the Projection System and Scratch Spatial Reference Workspace properties to the current data frame's spatial reference.
  7. Click the drop-down arrow in the cell and choose True.
  8. Click OK.