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Rename data in ArcCatalog

August 26 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Map Data

1- I'm changing the names to different layers in ArcCatalog (text to number), the layers are in a personal geodatabase. When I open the layers with the new name in ArcMap and zooming in on the information it disappears and there is a sign that says: ArcMap drawing erros: One or more layers failed to draw.
How I can solve this roblem?

2- Also I have trouble Rename layers in ArcCatalog, do not let change the name, how to solve this too? layers are in a personal geodatabase.

Thanks.

Mapping Center Answer:

For the solution to problem one, double check to make sure that:

1. the layers are really referencing the correct source -- right click the layer in the Table of Contents, click Properties, click the Source tab and make sure that the layer is pointing to the correct source.  If it is not, then click the Set Data Source... button and navigate to and select the correct data source.

2. Any definition queries are still correct -- right click the layer in the Table of Contents, click Properties, click the Definition Query tab and make sure that the definition query, if you are using one, is correct. To double check, click the Query Builder button and click the Verify button to verify that your query is correct.

As to your second question, you should be able to rename layers in ArcCatalog, as long as they are not being used in an active session somewhere else (like in an open ArcMap document) in which case there is a schema lock on the layer and you cannot change its name or make other edits.  Simply close the other session and you should be able to rename the layer in ArcCatalog.

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