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I select a feature in a base layer in Surfer, so why are most of the feature editing commands grayed out?

In Surfer, if the feature editing tools (such as Features | Change Type | Change Type | Polyline to Polygon or Features | Edit Polylines | Break Polyline) are greyed out, the base layer is likely not in edit mode. To use most of the commands on the Features tab on features in a base layer, the base layer must be in edit mode.

 

For example:

  1. Create a base map (Home | New Map |  Base | Base).
  2. Select the base map file (i.e. a DXF, SHP, MIF, GSI, etc) and click Open.
  3. Select a feature in the base layer (i.e. a polyline or polygon) and note that most of the commands on the Features tab are disabled.
  4. Right-click over the Base layer in the Contents window and click Edit Group.
  5. Now you can select the feature in the base layer and the appropriate commands on the Features tab are enabled.
  6. When finished editing the features, do not forget to right click over the Base layer in the Contents window and click Stop Editing Group.

 

Updated September 18, 2017

 

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