Attribute Table Float Field Formatting

07-27-2017 01:32 PM
Status: Open
New Contributor II

It would be a great idea to have the ability to format float fields so that they automatically display zeros after the decimal (if there is no significant digit there already). Currently, you can do this by selecting "pad with zeros" within  the Field Properties in an ArcMap session, but whenever you bring that same feature classs/shapefile into a new MXD the field will display any number without a significant digit after the decimal place as a whole number. It would be great to be able to maintain the setting of "pad with zeros" outside of an ArcMap session. In addition to this, there could be a number of different options that could be created to automatically maintain a certain format (for different field types) so that it shows exactly what/how the data is intended to be viewed.   numeric fields attribute-table formatting attribute fields fields

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Hi Aaron Francis‌ 

If I understand what you're asking for, this can be accomplished with a layer file: Saving layers and layer packages—Help | ArcGIS Desktop 

I did a quick test and those numeric formatting properties are stored in the layer file, so when you add that .lyr into a new, blank map, the formatting is preserved.  You can also add the .lyr into a new ArcGIS Pro project and the formatting is preserved there as well.

Does that help?