I have many similar layers I want to have the exact table schemas. So I need to re-arrange some of the fields so that they all match.
Sorry, Eric, there is no tool in ArcGIS to permanently re-order fields. Although it has been much requested, I understand there are some technical difficulties in maintaining integrity with relationship classes, networks, etc.
There are some workarounds, depending on how much data you have and any dependencies between feature classes. There does not seem to be a way without creating a new feature class. If you have stand-alone feature classes, you could create an empty template feature class in a file geodatabase that has the fields in the order that you desire, and then make one copy for each feature class you want to rearrange. Then you can load your existing data into the new classes.
About loading data into existing feature classes and tables—ArcGIS Help | ArcGIS for Desktop I believe there is also to a way to "rebuild" any relationships if you have relationship classes.
A third party app, ET GeoWizards, will reorder shapefiles. It will create a new shapefile (with a different name). Some of the ET GeoWizard capabilities are not free, but the reorder fields is free.
Hope that helps,
If you want to modify your existing fields, one way is to run the Alter Field Geoprocessing Tool. How extensively you can alter them depends on what version of the software you have. Newer versions of the software allow many field properties to be changed.
ArcGIS Help (10.2, 10.2.1, and 10.2.2)
Alter Field—Data Management toolbox | ArcGIS for Desktop
Chris Donohue, GISP
If I have the fields in my attribute table numbered (right to left) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. How would I go about making the sequence 1, 3, 4, 2, 5 ??
Worked like a champ!!! Thank you, Cheryl....
I second what Cheryl Trine said - there is currently no way to reorder fields. This has been a recurring question for many years, but the experts at ESRI say a solution is not as straight-forward as it seems like it should be.
Chris... I think the vast majority just want to be able to reorder simple table fields... a table with no dependencies, like a shapefile table or a simple featureclass table. I am sure that that would not be a huge issue, with the caveat that a new file would be created so as not to corrupt the old.
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