Use Path Utilities to perform actions on paths that are on Line or Area layers. Actions include: adding detail, copying vertices to a point layer, finding self intersection points, removing duplicate points, and converting bezier lines to polylines. Actions made to paths can be previewed.


To apply actions to only selected paths, select paths before opening the Path Utilities dialog box. In the Path Utilities dialog box, enable the Only apply to selected paths option. Path Utilities only works on Line and Area layers. Some actions require that a path be selected before it can function.

Using Path Utilities

In the Target Layers section, choose the appropriate MAP View to list its MAP layers. Click the check boxes to enable which layers are affected by the Path Utilities action.



In the Action drop-down list, choose an appropriate path action:

Find self intersection points

Find vertices along a path that intersect itself. The vertices can be output to an existing Point layer or a new one.


In this example, the loop on the right side of the path intersects itself once. As a result, a point is created on a Point layer.

Add detail

Add vertices to paths to create more detail. Specify a maximum distance value and measurement unit between added vertices.


In this example, vertices are added to the path based on a maximum distance between them.

Copy vertices to point layer

Copy a path's vertices to an existing Point layer or a new one.


In this example, the path's vertices are copied to a Point layer.

Convert compound path to path

When importing from a basic geodatabase, features in line and area layers are converted to a compound path. This utility converts a compound path to a path and also keeps the attributes from the compound path after the conversion.


In this example, a compound path is converted into a path.

Add interval points

Add interval points along a specified line, including options to create custom shapes and labels indicating the distance of each interval point.




Output layer

Choose to output intervals and labels to a new layer, an existing layer, or the same layer as the line.

Number of decimals

Specify the number of decimal places used for distance intervals.

Distance interval

Specify the distance between interval points map units.

Initial interval value

Specify a value to the start of the line. Optionally, check the Label first interval check box to label the first point.

Start intervals from

Start intervals from either the first vertex or the last vertex. This will reverse the direction of how the intervals are labeled depending on where the first vertex of the line is located.


Choose a shape for the interval as a circle or a square. Although, no shape can be chosen as an option, labels will still be created. Customize the labels and shapes using the available options. Optionally, set all labels to the same minimum font size.

Remove duplicate points

Remove vertices that are considered duplicate.


In this example, the arrows simulate duplicate points on a path. The resultant path has a reduction in duplicate points.

Convert beziers to polylines

Transform bezier lines to polylines. Some GIS applications may not support beziers, but can properly read polylines.


Convert compounds to groups

Transform compound paths to groups. Attributes are retained and copied to each path.


In this example, a compound path is converted into a group.


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Last updated: 4/14/2020