# Entering linear measurements in feet AND inches

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11-25-2013 09:13 AM
by Anonymous User
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I am using ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 to edit linear features.  In the Distance dialog box, I need to enter measurements in feet and inches and cannot find a way to do this without converting the data myself.  I'd rather not do this since there are many measurements I'd need to convert.  I've tried the following methods of entering 15 feet, 10 inches into the dialog:

15 ft 10 in
15 ft. 10 in.
15 ft + 10 in
15' 10"
15 feet 10 inches
15ft 10in

And none of those seem to work.  I am working in a data frame with a projected coordinate system, so that's one less thing I need to worry about.  Can someone give me the right answer?
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I am using ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 to edit linear features.  In the Distance dialog box, I need to enter measurements in feet and inches and cannot find a way to do this without converting the data myself.  I'd rather not do this since there are many measurements I'd need to convert.  I've tried the following methods of entering 15 feet, 10 inches into the dialog:

15 ft 10 in
15 ft. 10 in.
15 ft + 10 in
15' 10"
15 feet 10 inches
15ft 10in

And none of those seem to work.  I am working in a data frame with a projected coordinate system, so that's one less thing I need to worry about.  Can someone give me the right answer?

Your out of luck.  You have to pick feet or inches.  You can't enter a mix of unit types into the dialog.

Converting to inches is probably easier than converting to feet without a calculator.  The example above is 190 in.  But in Feet it is 15.83333.  Keeping an Excel spreadsheet open would be easiest if you enter feet into cell A1 and inches into cell A2 and had a formula of =A1+A2/12 in cell A3 (assuming you wanted to enter feet).  The spreadsheet is the way to go if you have to deal with fractions of inches.

Of just use this reference for inches converted to feet:

1 in = .08333 ft
2 in = .16667 ft
3 in = .25 ft
4 in = .33333 ft
5 in = .41667 ft
6 in = .5 ft
7 in = .58333 ft
8 in = .66667 ft
9 in = .75 ft
10 in = .83333 ft
11 in = .91667 ft
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I don't think you can, the distance seems to be decimal only. Perhaps converting your table beforehand might be the only solution.
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I am using ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 to edit linear features.  In the Distance dialog box, I need to enter measurements in feet and inches and cannot find a way to do this without converting the data myself.  I'd rather not do this since there are many measurements I'd need to convert.  I've tried the following methods of entering 15 feet, 10 inches into the dialog:

15 ft 10 in
15 ft. 10 in.
15 ft + 10 in
15' 10"
15 feet 10 inches
15ft 10in

And none of those seem to work.  I am working in a data frame with a projected coordinate system, so that's one less thing I need to worry about.  Can someone give me the right answer?

Your out of luck.  You have to pick feet or inches.  You can't enter a mix of unit types into the dialog.

Converting to inches is probably easier than converting to feet without a calculator.  The example above is 190 in.  But in Feet it is 15.83333.  Keeping an Excel spreadsheet open would be easiest if you enter feet into cell A1 and inches into cell A2 and had a formula of =A1+A2/12 in cell A3 (assuming you wanted to enter feet).  The spreadsheet is the way to go if you have to deal with fractions of inches.

Of just use this reference for inches converted to feet:

1 in = .08333 ft
2 in = .16667 ft
3 in = .25 ft
4 in = .33333 ft
5 in = .41667 ft
6 in = .5 ft
7 in = .58333 ft
8 in = .66667 ft
9 in = .75 ft
10 in = .83333 ft
11 in = .91667 ft
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+1 for the metric system

by Anonymous User
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Well, it's not a table; it's a printed map where the measurements have been written down with a pen.  I'll probably just convert to inches, write those numbers on the paper map, and proceed to edit.
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