Modify Feature Info

When a single area, line, or point feature is selected with the Digitizer tool, there is an option on the right-click context menu to edit the feature, EDIT - Selected Features.  

Selecting this option is one way to access the Modify Feature Info dialog (below), though the Modify Feature Info dialog can also appear as a part of other tools, including the digitizer feature creation tools. It can also be accessed by double-clicking on a feature.

The Modify Feature Info dialog allows you to modify the Name, Feature Type, Layer, Drawing Style, and Attributes for the selected feature. The 3D settings at the bottom vary depending on whether it is a point, line or area feature. For example, for 3D point features, a 3D Model may be used for the Point Symbol, and an Altitude Mode specified for the selected feature(s). When creating a new feature, there is also an option to Copy Attribute Names from feature layer.


The Name field can be used to modify the display name of the feature.

If editing or creating a road feature, the name can be set to a commonly supported symbolized road name (like I-35 or US40). After pressing OK, a prompt will ask whether or not to display an icon for the road name. This allows the creation of nice symbolized display for most highway types.

To split point and area labels up onto multiple display lines, add the new line escape sequence (\n) to your display label. When pressing OK a prompt will confirm to split your label onto multiple lines.


If editing an area or line feature, the Vertices button will appear to allow editing the vertices of the selected feature, including working with per-vertex elevations for 3D features.

Feature Type

Choose which Global Mapper classification to assign to the feature. Create a new Global Mapper type with the Create New Type button.

Feature Layer

Choose which layer the feature will be assigned to. Choose from an existing layer, the User Created Features layer, or create an entirely new layer to add the feature to. A layer corresponds to a single entry in the Control Center.

Feature Description

When Use Custom Description is selected, the associated text entry field will be enabled. The text typed into that field will be saved as the custom description for the feature(s). When the box is not checked, the existing custom description, if any, will be cleared.

Feature Style

The Feature Style section controls the drawing style of the selected feature. Selecting the Use Default Style for Selected Feature Type option will use the configured style for the Feature Type from the Area, Line, or Point Styles tab of the Configure when rendering the feature.

Alternatively, choose the Specify Style to Use When Rendering Feature option and select how this feature is drawn, independent of the selected Feature Type or layer settings. For more information on style settings, see:

Feature Attributes

The Feature Attributes section displays and allows editing of the attributes that are associated with this feature. When creating new vector features, default attributes for feature measurement are automatically added. This behavior can be disabled from the Configuration Vector Advanced options. Select an existing attribute from the list to enable the Edit or Delete buttons.

The Add... button will create a new attribute and attribute value. The drop-down lists will populate with recent values.

The Add File Link(s)... button in this section will add attributes that point to files stored in another location without having to manually type in the file name. These file links can later be followed from the Feature Information dialog displayed with the Feature Info tool.

The Add Time Stamp button will add a TIMESTAMP attribute with a value set to the current system time. If a TIMESTAMP attribute already exists it will be updated with the current system time.

The Add/Edit Notation button allows adding notes to a feature. These notes are stored in a special attribute named NOTATION. See Feature Notation for more information about Notations.

For more information about special attributes names, see ASCII Field Options.

3D Settings

Specify at the feature level how elevation or height values are interpreted. The default values will defer to settings at the Layer level, and then in 3D View Properties Settings.

Altitude Mode

Specify how height or elevation values for the layer are interpreted. The default value Use Layer Setting will defer to Layer and 3D View Properties settings.

Extrusion Mode (Area Features)

Extrusion Mode extends 3D features to the ground, so they appear as solid objects. Unspecified extrusion mode will default to the Layer and 3D View Properties settings. Otherwise, extrusion can be turned on or off for the selected feature, and On or Off here will override other settings.

Model Placement (Point Features)

Specify how 3D model point symbols are placed relative to the height attribute. For more information see Working with 3D Models

Edit Fly-Through Path (Line Features)

This brings up the Fly Through Path Properties dialog which allows for creating or editing Fly Through paths. For more information see Defining a Fly-through Path

Apply Settings from Selected Feature

If the user selects exactly one feature (of the same type as the feature being created) before entering the Digitizer, this button will be enabled on the Modify Feature Info dialog when the user creates a new feature.  When the user clicks this button, the Name, Feature Type, Description, Style, and Attributes from the selected feature will be filled in on this dialog.

Apply Settings from Previous Feature

If the user has already created a feature with the Digitizer, this button will be enabled.  When the user clicks this button, the Name, Feature Type, Description, Style, and Attributes from the most recently created feature of the same type will be filled in on this dialog.

Edit Fly Through Path

Copy Attribute Names from Feature Layer

This button will be enabled when a Feature Layer is selected other than the User Created Features layer, or Create New Layer options.

When clicked, any existing attributes will be replaced by the attributes from the selected layer.

This function respects the Configuration option to automatically add measure attributes to new features. If this option is checked, then the measure attributes will remain in the list; if it is not checked, they will be removed.