I only want the selected feature highlighted

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TatjanaScagliotti
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In ArcGIS Pro, is there a way you can select a feature in a feature class and only have the selected feature highlighted? I don't want to see the other features.

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TimOrmsby
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Hi Tatjana, you can make a selection layer from your selected feature.

  1. Select the feature of interest in your layer.
  2. In the Contents pane, right-click the layer, point to Selection, choose Make Layer From Selected Features.
  3. Turn off your original layer.

Now you have a layer pointing to the same data but displaying only the feature of interest.

Alternatively, make a definition query on your layer.

  1. Select the feature of interest.
  2. Get its unique identifier (like OBJECTID) from the attribute table or pop-up.
  3. Open the layer properties for your layer. Click the Definition Query side tab.
  4. Construct a query where OBJECTID = 1 (whatever the value of the feature is)
  5. Click OK.

This will hide the other features in the layer without creating a new layer.

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DanPatterson
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Not seeing one

Selection options—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

but with some trickery

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Image on the left... symbology, single symbol, color red.

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TimOrmsby
Esri Regular Contributor

Hi Tatjana, you can make a selection layer from your selected feature.

  1. Select the feature of interest in your layer.
  2. In the Contents pane, right-click the layer, point to Selection, choose Make Layer From Selected Features.
  3. Turn off your original layer.

Now you have a layer pointing to the same data but displaying only the feature of interest.

Alternatively, make a definition query on your layer.

  1. Select the feature of interest.
  2. Get its unique identifier (like OBJECTID) from the attribute table or pop-up.
  3. Open the layer properties for your layer. Click the Definition Query side tab.
  4. Construct a query where OBJECTID = 1 (whatever the value of the feature is)
  5. Click OK.

This will hide the other features in the layer without creating a new layer.

TatjanaScagliotti
New Contributor III

Thank you! That's helpful.

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TimOrmsby
Esri Regular Contributor

one more option: set a display filter. Similar to a definition query in its visual effect, but doesn't change the attribute table display or field calculations/stats/etc. Those operations still work on all features in the layer, whereas a definition query excludes them.

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