Find a Feature Programmatically


This sample code searches for a feature by looping through all feature layers in the focus map. The sample uses a UITool control to provide the MouseDown event and search point location. The search point is buffered using IEditor::CreateSearchShape to increase the search tolerance and the likelihood of finding a feature. Because this sample relies on the CreateSearchShape method, an active edit session must be present. If you don't want to use an edit session, rewrite the script to not use the CreateSearchShape method and instead create your own search geometry.

How to use:
  1. Add a custom UIToolControl onto the Editor toolbar and make sure the names of the control match the code. This sample assumes the control is called UIToolControl1.
  2. Paste in this routine for the MouseDown event.
  3. Completely shut down VBA so mouse events will fire.
  4. Select the tool and then click on a feature.
Private Sub UIToolControl1_MouseDown(ByVal button As Long, ByVal shift As Long, _
    ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long)
  Dim pEditLayers As IEditLayers
  Dim pEditor As IEditor
  Dim pEnumLayer As IEnumLayer
  Dim pEnv As IEnvelope
  Dim pFeature As IFeature
  Dim pFeatureClass As IFeatureClass
  Dim pFeatureLayer As IFeatureLayer
  Dim pFCursor As IFeatureCursor
  Dim pGeometry As IGeometry
  Dim pMap As IMap
  Dim pPoint As IPoint
  Dim pSpatialFilter As ISpatialFilter
  Dim pUID As New UID
  Dim strShapeFieldName As String

  'Get a handle to the Editor extension
  pUID = "esriCore.Editor"
  Set pEditor = Application.FindExtensionByCLSID(pUID)
  If pEditor Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
  'Make sure an edit session is in progress
  If Not pEditor.EditState = esriStateEditing Then Exit Sub
  Set pEditLayers = pEditor 'QI
  Set pMap = pEditor.Map
  'Convert the incoming x,y coordinates to map units
  Set pPoint = pEditor.Display.DisplayTransformation.ToMapPoint(x, y)
  'Pass point to CreateSearchShape which creates a geometry around the point
  'The larger geometry is an envelope and will give us better search results
  'The click therefore doesn't have to be exactly on the feature
  Set pGeometry = pEditor.CreateSearchShape(pPoint)
  Set pEnv = pGeometry 'QI

  'Create a new spatial filter and use the new envelope as the geometry
  Set pSpatialFilter = New SpatialFilter
  Set pSpatialFilter.Geometry = pGeometry
  strShapeFieldName = pEditLayers.CurrentLayer.FeatureClass.ShapeFieldName
  Set pSpatialFilter.OutputSpatialReference(strShapeFieldName) = pMap.SpatialReference
  pSpatialFilter.GeometryField = pEditLayers.CurrentLayer.FeatureClass.ShapeFieldName
  pSpatialFilter.SpatialRel = esriSpatialRelIntersects

  'Search for intersecting features in each feature layer in the focus map
  pUID = "{E156D7E5-22AF-11D3-9F99-00C04F6BC78E}" 'GUID for IGeoFeatureLayer
  Set pEnumLayer = pMap.Layers(pUID, True)
  Set pFeatureLayer = pEnumLayer.Next
  Do While Not pFeatureLayer Is Nothing
    Set pFeatureClass = pFeatureLayer.FeatureClass
    Set pFCursor = pFeatureClass.Search(pSpatialFilter, False)
    Set pFeature = pFCursor.NextFeature
    If Not pFeature Is Nothing Then
      'Do something with the feature
      MsgBox pFeature.OID
    End If
    Set pFeatureLayer = pEnumLayer.Next

End Sub