How To: Create donut polygons from existing features in ArcMap


This article shows how to create donut polygons from existing geodatabase or shapefile data in ArcMap.


Create donuts by clipping the exterior polygon with the interior polygon.

  1. Click Editor > Start Editing.
  2. Select the inner polygon.
  3. Click Editor > Clip.
  4. In the Clip dialog box, select the 'Discard the area that intersects' option.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Delete the inner polygon if necessary.

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