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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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Quick Selection of Features
____ 19. Set the attribute table so that it shows all records. Clear all selections. Set the table so it shows only Selected Records (which will make the window empty). Find and mouse over the Select icon (“Select Features by” icon in version 10.0) on the Tools toolbar. Note what the ToolTip or Status bar has to say about the operation of the tool. Explore the dropdown menu. Press the button. Click a polygon and notice that its record is selected. Click another. To select several polygons, hold down the Shift key (rather than Ctrl, as you do when selecting multiple records in a table) and click the intended polygons.
____ 20. Drag a box inside a polygon. Notice that that polygon is selected. Draw a box that is encompasses parts of several polygons. Note that they are all selected. Clear selections. Select three or four adjacent polygons (use Shift+Click).
____ 21. Under Selection in the Main menu, pick Zoom To Selected Features. So here you have a technique of zooming in on exactly what you selected (whether selected by attribute or location). Zoom back to Full Extent.
____ 22. To clear all selections, click somewhere off the map with the Select Features tool. Close the attribute table.

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