Renaming tables

You can rename a table or feature class in ArcGIS for Desktop by right-clicking it, clicking Rename, then typing a new name.

The following conditions apply:

Be aware that you cannot rename a feature class in a geodatabase outside of ArcGIS (for example, using SQL) because it does not update the table name in the geodatabase system tables.

  1. Start ArcMap and open the Catalog window or start ArcCatalog.
  2. Connect to the geodatabase or database.
  3. Right-click the table or feature class and click Rename.

    The name is highlighted.

  4. Type a new name.

    Names must start with a letter and cannot exceed the maximum number of characters the DBMS allows for table names.