How To: Clip overlaying polygon area from an underlying polygon


This article describes how to clip out an area of an overlaying polygon from an underlying polygon's total area.


  1. Start an edit session from the Editor toolbar.
  2. Using the edit tool, select the overlaying polygon.
    [O-image] Select Polygon
  3. Click the Editor dropdown and select 'Clip'.
  4. Leave the 'buffer distance' set to 0.00.
  5. Under 'When Clipping Features', select 'Discard the area that intersects' and then click OK.
  6. Delete or move the overlaying polygon. The underlying polygon has the overlaying polygon area clipped from the feature.
    [O-image] Final Output