Problem: Unable to edit a layer containing an annotation feature in ArcMap


When attempting to edit a layer containing an annotation feature in ArcMap, the following warning message is returned:

Could not edit the data in the folder or database you selected.
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The issue occurs if the feature dataset contains an annotation feature created in ArcGIS Pro. Feature classes stored in feature datasets containing annotation feature classes created in ArcGIS Pro are read-only in ArcMap, and therefore, cannot be edited. This is a known limitation as described in ArcGIS Pro Web Help: Annotation storage.

Solution or Workaround

To resolve this issue, select one of the options below depending on the ArcGIS platform used:

  • In ArcMap, move the feature class to a different feature dataset, so it can be edited outside the feature dataset containing the annotation feature class.
  • In ArcGIS Pro, delete the annotation feature class from the feature dataset.

Related Information

Last Published: 9/10/2019

Article ID: 000019889

Software: ArcMap 10.6.1, 10.6 ArcGIS Pro 2.2.4, 2.2.3, 2.2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.2, 2.1.1, 2.1, 2.0.1, 2.0