Selections saved as layers revert to original table

Discussion created by redbug119 on Jun 8, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 11, 2020 by JBHon
This is the second time I'm posting this, hopefully someone will have a clue!  We are having trouble with selections staying as such after creating a layer.   When we create a selection and then go Create Layer from that selection, all is well.  If you then open the attribute table of the selection, you get just those records.  However, if we go into Properties of the selection, change the color, or even just rename it in the General tab, SOMETIMES, the selection reverts to the entire table it was selected from.  Every feature in the selected-from table appears in the Selection attribute table and every feature appears as the same color that you turned the selection to.  Today, the selected file remained ok until I went into the layout view and panned.  Then it reverted.  Also happens if you change the order of layers in the TOC.  This is VERY annoying when you have selected a bunch of features, made the layer and then your selection is gone for no apparent reason.  You have to remove the layer, and start the section process all over again. It happens with features in SDE and in various mxd's, including newly created ones.   There is no rhyme or reason, and is very annoying.

We contacted ESRI with the problem back while running 9.3, but since we could not duplicate the problem consistently, they could not solve it. We thought maybe it would be solved in 10, but no such luck. It seems to be intermittent and happens under different circumstances!   We have resorted to creating shapefiles from selections when the reversion would truly be a pain to recreate.

Has anyone experienced the same problem?  We have had this problem since 9.3 - we are now running 10.0 with SP3.  It happens on both the Win7 machine and the XP machine. 

Janet Merkt
St.Lucie Couny, FL