Overview of Attaching Data Sources to Drawings
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

A data source is a database table or a set of tables.

When you attach a data source to a drawing, the data source is listed on the Map Explorer tab of the Task Pane. You can view and edit data in the data source or link records from the data source to objects in the drawing.

While keeping the data source attached, you can disconnect the data source to save resources and reconnect when you are ready to work with the data.

TipYou can work with an external database table without using the database application itself.
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