Keep drawing tools active after use in ArcMap


After using a drawing tool to create text or a graphic, the active tool reverts to the graphic selection tool. You can use ArcMap's Advanced Settings Utility to keep the drawing tool active; for example, while creating multiple instances of text.


  1. Close all ArcGIS applications and start the Advanced Settings Utility.

    A. Navigate to the Utilities folder under the ArcGIS installation directory; for example, C:\arcgis\arcexe81\Utilities.

    B. Double-click AdvancedArcMapSettings.exe.

  2. Select the Symbols/Graphics tab.
  3. Check the 'Keep Drawing Tool Active after completing a shape' check box.
  4. Click Close.

    When you use a drawing tool, it will remain active until you select a different tool.

Article ID:000003558

  • ArcMap 8 x

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