Problem: New layer's 3D property tabs are not visible in ArcCatalog


Cannot see the 3D property tabs (Base Height, Extrusion, Rendering) for a new layer in ArcCatalog.


ArcCatalog shows the default (2D) layer property tabs for layer files unless 3D properties have been set for the layer, or unless you 3D-preview the layer in ArcCatalog.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Click the layer in the Catalog tree.
  2. Click the Preview Tab.
  3. Click the Preview dropdown list and click 3D View.
  4. Right-click the layer and click Properties.

    The 3D Analyst Extension must be enabled in ArcCatalog before you can set 3D properties of a layer.

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