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Problem: The Add Field and Delete Field options are unavailable in the attribute table

Description

The Table Options in ArcMap include the options to add or delete fields from a table. In some instances, these options are unavailable.

The Add Field and Delete Field are unavailable
Note:
The Add Field and Delete Field options are only available when user has the write access to the data and the data in ArcMap and ArcCatalog is not accessed by other users or applications.

Cause

  • The Add Field and Delete Field options are unavailable during an edit session. This is by design.
  • The MXD file is corrupted.

Solution or Workaround

Depending on the cause, use one of the following solutions:

Stop the edit session

Note:
If the Editor toolbar is disabled, refer to ArcMap: Adding the Editor toolbar to enable it.

To resolve this issue, stop the edit session in the map document. Click the Editor button in the Editor toolbar, and select Stop Editing. The Add Field and Delete Field options are now available and can be used to add or delete fields.

The Stop Editing option in the Editor menu

Corrupted MXD file

In the event of a corrupted MXD file, open a new map document and add the layer to the map. The Add Field and Delete Field options are now available.

Related Information

Last Published: 7/21/2022

Article ID: 000002919

Software: ArcGIS-ArcEditor 9.3.1, 9.3, 9.2, 9.1, 9.0, 8.3, 8.2, 8.1.2, 8.1, 10 ArcGIS-ArcInfo 9.3.1, 9.3, 9.2, 9.1, 9.0, 8.3, 8.2, 8.1.2, 8.1, 10 ArcGIS-ArcView 9.3.1, 9.3, 9.2, 9.1, 9.0, 8.3, 8.2, 8.1.2, 8.1, 10