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Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS: A Workbook Approach to Learning GIS, 3rd Edition by Michael D. Kennedy

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Two Windows Are Available for Selecting
As with many operations with this software, there are multiple ways of accomplishing a task. Using the Selecting by Attributes option is no exception. It’s worth taking a look at the two windows you can use for this. You get to one window through the Options button on an attribute table. You get to the other one through the Selection menu from the Main menu. As a side trip here, look at both.
____ 11. On the attribute table, select Table Options > Select By Attributes. Move the window down a bit and to the right. From the Main menu, choose Selection > Select By Attributes. Move this window off to the left and down. Compare the two windows. See Figure 6-12. If you use the window from Options, then the Layer is obviously set for you, since you picked Options off an attribute table of a layer. In the other window you must pick the layer. Close both selection windows.

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