Overview of Finding and Selecting Features
Concept Procedure

You can find and focus on a specific subset of features so you do not have to review the entire set of data manually to find what you need.

Use Filter By in the Data Table to filter a feature class using criteria based on a column of data.

Use Search when you need a more comprehensive way to find features in map.

A query is like Search. You define the set of criteria to find and bring in just the data you want.

TipUsing a filter can help you improve performance when working with large sets of feature data. You can filter data after you bring it into your map, or you can use Add To Map With Query to apply a filter while you bring in the data.
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