All controls for creating indexes in ArcCatalog are grayed out

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Cannot create an index for a data field because the controls for creating indexes are grayed out.


To create an attribute or a spatial index, a single ArcCatalog session must be the only application accessing the data.

Solution or Workaround

  • If the data is being viewed in ArcMap, remove, then re-open the properties dialog box in ArcCatalog to create the indexes.
  • If the commands remain grayed out, it is very likely someone else is accessing the data from a different computer.

Article ID:000002983

  • ArcMap 8 x
  • ArcMap 9 x

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