What are the Start Editing and Stop Editing commands used for in Surfer? Why would I use them?

The Start Editing and Stop Editing group commands are used for advanced editing of objects in a group or base layer in Surfer.

Certain edits can be performed without any extra steps.  For instance, you can use the Reshape command without entering editing mode. You can also edit items in a base layer or group such as the properties of individual items, or delete the items individually.

However, some functions require you to be in edit mode for the base layer or group first. These functions include:

  1. If you want to use most of the commands on the Features ribbon tab to edit the items in a base layer or group object.
  2. If you want to add new items to the base layer or group.
  3. If you want to move individual vector objects within a base layer.
  4. If you want to bulk select items in the base layer or group, or delete multiple items at once.
  5. If you want to query objects in the base layer.

For the actions listed above, you first need to be in edit mode for the base layer or group. You can enter edit mode by selecting the Base layer or Group object in the Contents window and clicking Features | Group | Start Editing.  After the changes are made, exit the group by clicking Features | Group | Stop Editing.

For example:

  1. Create a base map or an empty base map layer.
  2. Select the Base layer in the Contents window.
  3. Click Features | Group | Start Editing to enter into edit mode for the base layer group.
  4. You can use the drawing tools (e.g. Features | Insert| Polyline) to add new items to the base layer, use the tools in the Features ribbon tab to edit them, and select multiple items in the base map for editing properties or deletion.
  5. When you are finished editing the base map objects, click Features | Group | Stop Editing to exit the base layer group.

See Also:
How can I select/edit/move/copy/paste multiple items in a base map?
How can I measure the distance/length or planar area on a map?
How can I reshape a BLN file and use the modified file for blanking?


Updated November 13, 2018

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