How to change the default attributes that populate the attribute table when creating a feature by copying and pasting from a .dwg file in arcgis?

09-30-2014 04:39 PM
New Contributor II

Hello, all!


I am really hoping to find information about this topic. I have put the background to question, example, and my question below. The examples are the actual procedures I do at work.


Background to question:

     I have a .dwg file (my basemap from autocad with point, polylines, and polygons of course) in my TOC as a layer, and I copy these features and paste them into other layers.

Example and QUESTION:

     A polyline from the basemap (.dwg file) representing a road is selected, copied, and pasted into my "roads" layer. Whenever I paste this, I would like to set the default attributes that populate the fields. I somewhat understand how to change the default attributes when creating features in general, but not with copying and pasting features. Basically I would like to be able to copy the polyline from my .dwg file and have the attributes populated with information I choose.


I would greatly appreciate any help!


Thank you in advance!!



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Esri Esteemed Contributor

Did you try to use subtypes?

ArcGIS Help (10.2, 10.2.1, and 10.2.2)

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New Contributor II

Howdy Xander, and thank you for the reply and assistance. I have not tried subtypes for this particular issue yet. However that suggestion presents another question I have that pertains to "subtypes". I have noticed with subtypes that one field will have the string "New Subtype" (which appears/acts domain based with the only choice being "New Subtype") and if you NULL the field, it messes up all my other domain based fields (by "messes up" I mean it displays the coded value only and prevents the use of the domain), is there a way to have that particular field NULL without messing up my other domain based fields?

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Frequent Contributor

Have you tried setting the default attribute values of your feature template: ArcGIS Help 10.1?