Can't use the las dataset toolbar because it is grayed out. Why?
Did you check the help topic on working with las data ? A toolbar normally remains greyed out when either an extension hasn't been toggled on or the required object hasn't been selected in the table of contents... like a las dataset
It was the extension: 3d Analyst! Thank you. I had it toggled on to start with, don't know how it went away. If only I knew 1/4 as much as you do things would be so much better right now. The LAS article was helpful...and maybe more so as the project proceeds. I looked at the program "help" files, but the mostly don't make sense.
How am I going to learn this program real quick?
Retrieving data ...