How To: Export a table to include domain descriptions and coded values


When exporting a feature class to a dBASE (.dbf) that includes domains and subtypes, only the codes are included in a shapefile or .dbf output.

To work around this, turn on Transfer Field Domain Descriptions in the Environment Settings window, and use the Table To Table tool. This geoprocessing environment controls whether output shapefiles and .dbf tables have added fields containing domain and subtype descriptions, in addition to fields containing domain and subtype codes.


  1. In ArcMap, navigate to the Geoprocessing menu > Environments. Click the Fields drop-down.
  2. Check the Transfer field domain descriptions check box.
[O-Image] Transfer field domain descriptions
  1. To use the Table to Table tool, navigate to the ArcToolbox > Conversion Tools > To Geodatabase > Table to Table.
[O-Image] Table to Table tool

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Last Published: 6/25/2019

Article ID: 000011973

Software: ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.2.2, 10.2.1, 10.2, 10.1