Create and manage enclosures in metadata

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Instructions provided describe how to create and manage enclosures in the metadata. Enclosures are documentation, such as a report describing how values are collected, or an image detailing an equation. Enclosures are similar to e-mail attachments. A copy of this file can be enclosed in an item's metadata.


To create and manage enclosures in the metadata, follow the procedure below:

  1. Open ArcCatalog. In the Catalog tree, select the table or feature class to which an attachment is necessary.
  2. Click the Metadata tab.
  3. Click the Metadata Properties button on the Metadata toolbar.
    [O-Image] Metadata Properties Button

    If the Metadata toolbar is not already active, click View > Toolbars > Metadata.

  4. In the Metadata Properties dialog box, click the Enclosures tab.
  5. Click the Add button.
  6. Click the Browse button.
  7. Navigate to and click the file to attach. Click Open.
  8. If necessary, enter a description of the file.
  9. If the enclosed file is an image, such as a JPEG file, check the Image box.
  10. Click OK twice.

Article ID:000009995

  • ArcMap 9 x

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