[SOLVED]Is there a way to get full extent of polygon without looping through features

Discussion created by woodrow.fields on Sep 23, 2011
Latest reply on Sep 23, 2011 by woodrow.fields
This is hopefully an easy one for someone but my searches have given up nothing on the subject.

Is there a way to get the maximum extent of a polygon shapefile without looping through each of the features in the featureclass? 

I have a polygon with 100,000+ features in it.  I want to have the maximum extent of the polygon for another operation I am doing.  It seems silly and time consuming that I would have to loop through every single feature to get the maximum extent.

Please help.