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Why does 'Apply a buffer' in ArcMap's Select by Location dialog box display previews incorrectly?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Technically, buffers are treated as polygons; therefore, when you check 'Apply a buffer,' the selection treats it as if polygon features are being used. The preview does not reflect this and may show that the selection is not possible.

Article ID:000003759

  • ArcMap 8 x

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