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FAQ: Why does the GeoProcessing wizard's Merge tool omit attribute values in some fields?

Question

Why does the GeoProcessing wizard's Merge tool omit attribute values in some fields?

Answer

The Merge tool creates a new shapefile with a list of fields based on one of the input layers. If a merge layer does not contain all the fields present in the base layer, the records added to the new shapefile from that layer will not contain data for those fields.