Changing versions in ArcMap

In ArcMap, you can display any version and change from one version to another using the Change Versions dialog box.

When you initially add data from an ArcSDE geodatabase to ArcMap, the data comes from the version you specified on the Database Connections dialog box. You can change to the version you want to display.

When you change from one version to another, all feature classes from that geodatabase present in the map change to the version to which you have switched. This simplifies the process of viewing the differences between feature classes or performing an analysis with two versions.

You can change versions either from the Versioning toolbar or in the table of contents. The following steps describe how to change versions from the table of contents:

  1. Click the List By Source button List By Source in the table of contents and right-click the version workspace.

    A version workspace is an ArcSDE geodatabase connection.

  2. Click Change Version.

    The Change Versions dialog box appears.

  3. Choose the version you want to display.
    • To change to a transactional version, choose a version from the Transactional or Tree View tab.
    • To change to a historical marker or specific date and time, click the Historical tab and either choose a predefined historical marker or set a specific database date and time.
  4. Click OK.

The version that is now displayed in the ArcMap document is the version you chose. This is reflected in the name of the version workspace.

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