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Point order when drawing polygon

Question asked by evan_g on Jul 8, 2012
I am digitizing some features using polygons. The order in which I draw the polygon is important (i.e. the last drawn point is the starting and ending point of the polygon). However, when I create polygons, Arcgis seems to be randomly assigning the starting and ending point. I have attached examples where the ending point has been preserved, and one where it has not (the circled point is the actual drawn ending point). I want to export these polygons into another program that I wrote, so the order the points are saved is very important! Is there a way to preserve the point order when drawing polygons, or if a polygon has already been drawn, to change it back to the correct order? The red square is considered to be the "starting/ending" point of the polygon in Arcgis.

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