Editing field configurations for a single feature class

While there are often fields that are displayed the same way across feature classes, you may also need to customize fields differently for some feature classes or subtypes. When you edit the configuration individually, the settings for the field are only applied to a single feature class or subtype. This method would mostly be used if your data does not contain a lot of feature classes or a field that requires different settings for individual feature classes. For instance, you may need to set the ZV2 as a required field for contours, but it could be optional for building points.

The attribute fields are managed on the Field Configuration Manager dialog box, where all the tables that can be edited are listed. Field configuration can only be edited on an attribute-by-attribute basis, and the configuration only applies to the single attribute field that has been modified. The configuration cannot be transferred to other field attributes in other feature classes.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Production Editing.
  3. If necessary, create a field configuration table in one of the following:

    The Field Configuration dialog box appears.

  4. Click the plus sign (+) next to a feature class or table name in the Current Fields Configuration Table list on the Field Configuration dialog box.
  5. If necessary, click the plus sign (+) next to the subtype whose field configurations you want to edit.
    Field Configuration dialog box
  6. Right-click the field you want to edit and modify the settings as appropriate.
  7. Repeat step 6 as needed.
  8. Click OK.
  9. TipTip:

    You can expand or collapse all the feature classes in the Current Fields Configuration Table list by clicking Expand All or Collapse All, respectively.


    The Field Configuration Manager also allows you to manage the order of fields by dragging and dropping the field within its feature class or subtype. You can also right-click the feature class or subtype to sort the field alphabetically.