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How To: Use the ArcMap Buffer Wizard to create a single buffer for a contiguous group of polygons

Summary

Instructions provided describe how to use the ArcMap Buffer Wizard to create a single buffer for a contiguous group of polygons. To create one buffer for a contiguous group of polygons, the Buffer as multiple buffer rings option must be selected on the second pane of the Buffer Wizard.

Procedure

  1. Start the ArcMap Buffer Wizard from the Tools menu.
  2. On the second pane of the Wizard, select the option Buffer as multiple rings.
  3. Enter 1 for Number of rings. Click Next.
  4. Check Yes to Dissolve barriers between buffers. Click Finish.
  5. Examples:

    Single dissolved buffer for a contiguous group of polygons, from the steps above.
    This buffer was created using the multiple ring option of the ArcMap Buffer Wizard.

    [O-Image] Single buffer for contiguous polygons
    Each polygon in a contiguous group buffered individually.
    This buffer was created using the specified distance option of the ArcMap Buffer Wizard.

    [O-Image] Single buffer for each polygon

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