Select by location "reverse"

05-08-2015 02:05 AM
New Contributor


I am new in this community and also quite new to ArcGIS.

I would like to select all features wich are outside a ceartain other layer-feature or intersect with this area, but are not totally in it.

Otherwise I could say select by location. But this is not working. Like in the Picture below. I want to select all circles wich are outside the quadrat, or wich have parts outside from the quadrat.

Cheers, Tobi


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MVP Esteemed Contributor

If you can query for the conditions that are completely within, then make a new selection for those that meet the condition...then use the switch the selection button. That will give you those that are the opposite...those completely without and those that partially intersect.  You may have to play with the query to meet all conditions or build your query in incremental steps.

New Contributor III

Hi Tobias,

another possible solution is to select all features in your layer. Then use the Select by location query, all you have to do is change the selection method from "select features from" to "remove from the currently selected features in". This removes the circles completely inside the quadrat from the selection.

Hope this is helpful,