I'm having the same problem - I want to dissolve and I want to keep my attributes.
The tool is very difficult to use - particularly if you have a large number of attributes. To keep an attribute it must be added to the Statistics Field(s) option - these must be done one-by-one and for each one you also need to select a stats type. Then when you run the tool all the attribute names are changed - they are prefixed with the stats type you chose - if you're using shapefiles this is bad because you start losing the original atrribute name because of the 10 character limit.
So, is there a way to keep all my original attribute names?
Hello Ben, I realize this is an old question, but I was wondering if you remember how you solved this?
Same issue for me: I would like to keep attributes which have the same values for all my polygons in the resulting dissolved multi-part polygon.
I do have to solve this with arcpy for ArcGis desktop.
Any tips welcome :)
I don't think the tool works in the way it should - maybe a bug.
I have a polygon layer that contains woods and orchards - it was made by merging a few layers and I have some overlaps. So I did a union and then a dissolve on centroid value to remove the overlaps (keeping the original FID as a stats attribute) - all working so far.
Now I want to dissolve touching polys of the same category (wood or orchard), again I want to keep an original FID so I can do a join on the original table, but this time instead of giving me the FIRST FID out of the individual groups of polys that are dissolved together every FID for all Wood polys is the same and every FID for all Orchard poly is the same - this is no good to me - doesn't make sense because it worked correctly on the first dissolve.