The Cut Polygons task could not be completed

Last Published: September 8, 2021

Error Message

The following error occurs when using the Cut Polygons Tool to start the editing process.

The Cut Polygons task could not be completed.

Variation of the error message may include the following text after the error message:

General function failure. Invalid argument.
The table was not found.
Insufficient permissions.


  • The user does not have permissions to edit the feature in a file geodatabase.
  • The user's data have reached a 2 GB size limit in a personal geodatabase.
  • The user did not double-click the right point when completing the cut polygon action.
  • There are polygons with bad geometry in the layer.

Solution or Workaround

There are several possible solutions, depending on the causes listed above.

Insufficient permissions to edit the feature in a file geodatabase

To grant permissions to edit the dataset in a file geodatabase, refer to ArcMap: Grant and revoke dataset privileges.

The data exceeds 2 GB

If the user's data exceeds 2 GB:

  • Use multiple personal geodatabases and keep the size below 2 GB.
  • Move all the features over into a file geodatabase as it has no size limit.
It is recommended to convert the data to a file geodatabase because it can improve performance and increase functionality.

The editing was finished at the wrong point

When using the Cut Polygons Tool from the Editor toolbar, ensure to double-click the same vertex to finish the line sketch. Refer to Step 5 in ArcMap: Using the Cut Polygons tool.

Polygons with bad geometry

Repair the bad geometry using the ArcMap: Repair Geometry. Refer to ArcMap: Checking and repairing geometries for more information.

Article ID:000012195

  • ArcMap

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