ability to show vertices from features permantently

05-16-2010 12:56 PM
Status: Closed
New Contributor III

it should be possible, to show the vertices of the features (with points or another symbol) from one ore more layers permanently (at the moment crtl + V in edit session) within the context menue from a layer inside the TOC.
The beginning (first) and the end (last) vertices should be in another colour to different them from the other.

This functionality exists in the freeware ET GeoTools, but native capability would be a plus.
  There's an arcscript called Vertex Line Symbol that lets you symbolize your vertices.  Don't know if it works with 10.  Would be nice if it was built-in.
 Hi everyone,

You can work around this already in ArcPad. We posted an applet on the ArcPad Code Gallery that enables you to turn on the snapping visibility for a feature.


I would have thought that there would be more support for this by now.  In Workstation this was always possible and not only that but you could do some intelligent symbology where the polygon also has some intelligence in that the centriod was respected and linked back to the polygon via the PAT table.  Sadly this is still not as effective in the desktop version now as it was then.

As for the comment on ArcPad, definitely as smaller user group but good intensions; just why not have this on the desktop first.

While this may not be exactly what you're looking for, ArcGIS Pro's symbology now allows you to use a point shape marker at features' vertices.  Again, this is a comment more geared towards the idea of drawing vertices, not necessarily exposing them for editing.


See the Position and place marker symbol layers—ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Desktop documentation for more about marker symbol layers and their positioning.

A distinct marker symbol layer could be added to display extremities, and another symbol used for all other vertices.


You can fudge this for line features with the maplex label engine.  In label placement properties choose a centered label position, in label offset choose start or end of line with zero distance, and on the label density tab untick connect features and and set one label per feature segment.  Set a text label as an expression with a suitable character e.g. "X", and watch the magic.  


Many thanks for the information - this is a good idea.
...what you can use Maplex for 🙂
In ArcGIS Pro Symbology has already been implemented. Unfortunately, this will probably no longer be done on the desktop.

Status changed to: Closed

I just added a relevant comment about this over here: https://community.esri.com/t5/arcgis-pro-ideas/arcgis-pro-could-optionally-display-point-symbols-at-...

It is possible in ArcGIS Pro and will not be added to ArcMap.  In ArcGIS Pro, use a marker symbol layer and set the placement properties as needed https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/help/mapping/layer-properties/position-and-place-marker-sym...