Attribute indexes are dropped when saving edits to a shapefile

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Attribute indexes are used to increase the performance of rendering or querying layers based on certain fields values. However, when editing, it is not possible to maintain those indexes. Saving edits will drop the indexes for shapefiles.

Solution or Workaround

Once you finish editing, rebuild the indexes in ArcCatalog.

Article ID:000003565

  • ArcMap 8 x

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