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FAQ: Can joined data be edited in ArcMap?

Question

Can joined data be edited in ArcMap?

Answer

Yes, it is possible to indirectly edit the columns of the joined table and have the changes reflected through the ArcMap join.

--Add the joined table to ArcMap and perform edits directly on the table's data.

Changes will be reflected in the joined columns and refreshed whenever ArcMap reads the table, such as opening or activating the joined table. A benefit to this approach is that schema changes made to the joined table will also be reflected in the join.

--Edit the joined table in another software application.

Edits can be made to the joined table using Access or other applications. Changes made to the joined table in Access while it is open in ArcMap are cached and it is necessary to refresh the table in ArcMap to see the changes.

Note:
If one of the joined fields is being used as a Label Field, it is necessary to refresh the map by clicking the Refresh Map button in the lower left corner of the map display window to see the updated labels.