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4.2 Working with Selections

You can create a selection by using the Select Elements tools or creating a selection based on an attribute value or spatial location. Once a selection has been created you can export the new selected features to a new shapefile or geodatabase. For example, if you want to create a shapefile that displays only one county, then you can select this county from a statewide county layer and export it into its own layer. Similarly, if you only want to show features such as roads, sections, etc. in your own county you can use "Select by Location" to select only those features inside your county and export those into their own shapefiles.


1. Working with selections Tutorial and Data for Tutorial

2. Video: Selecting and Exporting Data

3. Video: Working with Selections

4. Video: Setting Selectable Layers

5. Video: Select by Location

Last updated Dec. 14, 2016. Resources updated regularly.

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