Problem: The Delete Field option is disabled after exporting a feature class that participates in a parcel fabric
In ArcMap, after exporting a feature class that participates in a parcel fabric to a stand-alone feature class using Data > Export Data from the Table of Contents, the Delete Field option in the attribute table is disabled (grayed out) for some fields of the output feature class, as shown in the image below:
Some of the fields in an exported feature class are system maintained fields, and therefore cannot be deleted.
Solution or Workaround
To resolve this issue, use any of the following tools to export a parcel fabric feature class to a stand-alone feature class, rather than exporting from the Table of Contents:
- Run the Feature Class to Feature Class tool
- In ArcMap, open the Feature Class to Feature Class tool.
- For the input features, select the feature class that participates in the parcel fabric.
- Specify the output feature class location and name.
- Click OK. The feature class is exported as a stand-alone feature class.
- Run the Export Fabric To Simple Feature Classes tool
- Download Parcel Fabric Geoprocessing Tools.
- Locate and open the downloaded ParcelFabricDataMigrationAndAnalysis.zip file.
- Extract the files.
- Double-click the INSTALL To My Toolboxes GP.bat file to install.
- In ArcMap, add the Parcel Fabric Export and Reporting toolbox to the ArcToolbox by following the steps below:
- On the ArcMap main menu, navigate to Geoprocessing > ArcToolbox.
- Right-click ArcToolbox > Add Toolbox.
- In the Add Toolbox dialog, click Toolboxes > My Toolboxes > Parcel Fabric Export and Reporting.tbx, and click Open.
- In ArcToolbox, click Parcel Fabric Export and Reporting > Export Fabric To Simple Feature Classes to open the tool dialog box.
- Set the parcel feature class as Fabric Sub Layer > OK.
- Click Close. The resulting output data is stored in the default geodatabase in a feature dataset as ExportedFabricClasses with the name of the output feature class similar to the original layer.
- ArcGIS Desktop Help: Create a parcel fabric
- ArcGIS Desktop Help: Deleting Fields
- ArcGIS Desktop: Parcel fabric in a geodatabase in SQL Server