Remove Table or Layer from Map


This sample shows how to remove a layer or standalone table from ArcMap. To use this sample, select a standalone table or layer in the table of contents and run to remove them from ArcMap.

How to use:
  1. Paste the code into VBA.
  2. In the table of contents, select the layer or standalone table that you wish to remove.
  3. Run the routine.
Public Sub RemoveSelectedLayerorTable()

  ' Get the map
  Dim pDoc As IMxDocument
  Dim pMap As IMap
  Set pDoc = ThisDocument
  Set pMap = pDoc.FocusMap
  ' Get the selected layer or table
  Dim pSelItem As IUnknown
  Set pSelItem = pDoc.SelectedItem
  If pSelItem Is Nothing Then
    MsgBox "No Feature layer or table selected"
    Exit Sub
  ' Remove a Layer and refresh the map
  ElseIf TypeOf pSelItem Is IFeatureLayer Then
    pMap.DeleteLayer pDoc.SelectedLayer
    Dim pActiveView As IActiveView
    Set pActiveView = pMap
  ' Remove a table
  ElseIf TypeOf pSelItem Is IStandaloneTable Then
    Dim pStTab As IStandaloneTable
    Dim pStTabColl As IStandaloneTableCollection
    Set pStTab = pSelItem
    Set pStTabColl = pMap
    pStTabColl.RemoveStandaloneTable pStTab
    MsgBox "Selected item is not a table or layer"
    Exit Sub
  End If
  ' refresh the TOC

End Sub