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ArcGIS 10.0 - Convert table to graphics

October 15 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Map Elements

How do I convert a table added to a layout into (primitive) graphics? The old convert to graphics, followed by a series of ungroups, etc.

Mapping Center Answer:

There is no way to do this in the current software, and I am not sure that there was ever a way to do it in previous versions. However, it seems that this is not necessarily something you want to be able to do anyway. One of the advantages of tables in ArcMap is that they are "live-linked" so to speak to the data, so that if you make a change in the data (add or delete a feature, change an attribute value, etc.), it is reflected automatically in the table.

So let's assume that you want to keep the table live-linked and simply change its appearance -- you can certainly do that. We wrote a blog entry here on Mapping Center that describes many of the ways you can edit the contents and appearance of tables. The blog entry is titled Using Tables in an ArcMap Layout.

You can also add a table from Excel, in which case, it will retain all of the graphic properties that you set for it in Excel. Note that you can open Microsoft Office Excel tables directly in ArcGIS and work with them like other tabular data sources. For example, you can add them to ArcMap, preview them in ArcCatalog, and use them as inputs to geoprocessing tools. (For more on this, read the help topic Understanding how to use Microsoft Excel files in ArcGIS.) To edit the appearance of an Excel table, double click it in the ArcMap page layout view and Excel will open automatically so you can make your edits. The changes you make in Excel will also be reflected on-the-fly in ArcMap.

There is a little bit more about these methods of table editing in the help topic Working with table elements.

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