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The Trace tool from the Editor toolbar cannot trace polygon data where the width of the polygon is the same or less than the snapping tolerance.

Last Published: January 7, 2016 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000088599
SubmittedJune 23, 2015
Last ModifiedJune 5, 2024
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.2
Operating SystemWindows OS
Operating System Version7
StatusKnown Limit

Additional Information

This is a limitation of the Trace tool in ArcMap. However, in ArcGIS Pro this limitation has been addressed.


Use line data with the correct offset to create the trace or create larger buffers. Select the feature to be traced, click the Trace tool, and click the O key to access tracing options. In the dialog box, check Trace Selected Features. The Trace tool only uses the selected single feature at any scale.

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000088599


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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