Editing shapefile: Select Template Woes in ArcMap 10

Discussion created by dluns2003 on Oct 23, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 7, 2011 by johns
I set up a new polygon shapefile in ArcCatalog and added it to an existing file. I would like to add a polygon to it now.

However, if I go to Editor=> Start Editing, and select the shapefile I wish to edit (the one I just created), it asks me to select a template (see attachment), and lists several other shapefiles in the same map. If I choose one of them from the Create Feature window, it draws the shape in that shapefile, not in the one I wish to edit! If I turn off all those other shapefiles, it doesn't allow me to do anything- I can't select a template at all.

What am I doing wrong? Why does it insist on drawing the polygon in whatever shapefile I select as the template and not in the shapefile I am actually editing?