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How To: Use the Split tool to export each feature in a feature class to individual feature classes

Summary

Instructions provided describe how to use the Split tool to export each feature in a feature class to individual feature classes.

The Split tool can be used to export each feature in a feature class to individual feature classes. For example, if a feature class has 50 features, it exports each feature to its own feature class, resulting in 50 new feature classes.

Procedure

  1. Start the Split tool by navigating to ArcToolBox > Analysis Tools > Extract > Split.
  2. For 'Input Features', navigate and select a polygon feature class.
  3. For 'Split Features', select the same feature class as selected for 'Input Features'.
  4. For 'Split Field', select a text field that uniquely identifies each record. This field is used to name the output feature classes.
  5. For target workspace, select a folder or geodatabase where the output feature classes is to be saved.
  6. Click OK.