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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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Finding Values in a Table
____ 19. Move the COLOR column to the right of the CONDITION column. If you have only a limited view of the table, you may not be able to tell which hydrant number (OBJECTID) you are looking at when a given cell in the COLOR column is selected. You can set things up so you can always see a given column or columns. To “freeze” the OBJECTID column, select it, right-click, and pick Freeze/Unfreeze Columns. It will now appear always as the leftmost column of the table regardless of the displayed width of the table. Scroll the table horizontally to see the effect (if necessary, reduce the width of the ArcCatalog window to see the effect). (You can thaw a frozen column in much the same way.)
When you terminate the ArcCatalog program, the results of some actions you took are retained, while others are discarded. The folder connections you have added to the Catalog Tree are remembered by the software. So are the positions of toolbars and some other settings, but if you have sorted or rearranged a table using ArcCatalog, these changes will not be retained. Operations in ArcCatalog such as sorting do not change the attribute table that is stored with the data set. You are merely changing the table’s appearance during the time ArcCatalog is being used to look at a particular geographic data set. In fact, to restore the view of a table to its original form, you need only select some other folder or feature class and then return to the table.
____ 20. Click Folder ...

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