Definition Query is ignored by Spatial Analyst functions

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Using a Definition Query for a layer is ignored by Spatial Analyst functions.

After setting up a query, running a Spatial Analyst function, such as Convert Features to Raster, all features, including those not displayed, are converted to raster.


This is a known issue with ArcGIS 8.1.

Solution or Workaround

This problem has been resolved in ArcGIS 8.1.2.

In ArcGIS 8.1, you can use Select By Attributes to get around this problem.

  1. Click the Selection menu and click Select By Attributes.
  2. Set up a selection and click Apply.
  3. Run the Spatial Analyst function.

    The analysis will only occur on the selected features.

Article ID:000004118

  • ArcMap 8 x

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