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How do I get the Rotate Tool to function in ArcMap?

Question asked by MarkHotz on Apr 27, 2018
Latest reply on Apr 27, 2018 by MarkHotz

I'm using ArcGIS 10.6 Advanced, and have both 3D Analyst and Spatial Analyst extensions.  The feature class is a set of contiguous polygons created from a raster bathymetric data set consisting of 5394 polygons.  These polygons are going to be used to create a clip feature class.  However, I need to rotate this feature class by about 5° so when I perform the clip the resulting features will be more horizontal when used with the current orthophoto.


The problem I'm having is getting the Rotate tool to activate, and then rotate the feature's grayed out.  I have been doing this in the data view (as opposed to the layout view).  The anchor point shows up when I edit the feature class and all of the polygons are selected, but there's just no tool available to rotate.  One should be able to rotate a feature class, correct?


I have tried searching for others online with the same problem, but all of the solutions I have found so far just talk about using the Rotate tool.


Am I missing something?  Is there something else I need to turn on to make this happen?  I'm wondering if I perhaps neglected to activate something else.  I was under the impression this was a relatively simple exercise.