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GIS Training Notes

What’s New in ArcGIS 10.2

Aim of the Module

Demonstrate some of the changes between ARCGIS V10.1 and ArcGIS 10.2 to users.

Produced by the Regional GIS Unit

GIS Unit Website:


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There are many version updates to ARCGIS 10.2 but most changes will only affect advanced

There is one change in particular which will affect everyday users of ArcGIS 10.2 - it is now
possible to RENAME AN ATTRIBUTE FIELD in a feature class of a geodatabase. See
tutorial below on how to rename an attribute field name in a feature class.

NOTE: Shapefiles cannot have their field names altered.

Advanced users of ArcGIS should read the attached ESRI document WHAT’S NEW IN
ARCGIS 10.2X.pdf for the full list of all changes in ArcGIS 10.2X

ArcGIS 10.2.2 is predominately a quality improvement release. For a list of issues that are
fixed in 10.2.2,

All users of DRNGarmin or DNRGPS software used to download GPS files should update
their software to DNRGPS for 10.2.


 Field Names can only be changed using the Alter Field tool from ArcToolbox.

 To find this tool use the Search tool. Enter “Alter Field” in the Search window and
press Enter



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 Click on Alter Field (Data Management) to open the Tool.

 Complete the fields in the Alter

Field tool window. See
example to the right

 Click OK

 The process will run and you

should see a popup in the right
lower screen with a green tick
to indicate that the tool has

 Save your MXD

 You will note the field with the new name appears at the end of the table. This is only
temporary. Remove the data from the table of contents and then add it again. The
field name will now appear in the correct place in the table.

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How to Download and set up the software DNRGPS for 10.2

 Click on this link to go to a DEPI Website to download the new software


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