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If someone gave you a x,y coordinate numbers he/she got from. I put the numbers in the X,Y events on my ArcMap and they are in Meters numbers. We entered the number into the x,y dialog box. The Arcmap display in the wrong place. I checked the bottom on the right corner and says they are in meters.

I am thinking maybe that person could have gotten the numbers from Garmin GPS, or probably from the internet of that site where they went to.

Is it possible that ArcMap gave the wrong events if I entered the UTM numbers ? Is it a bug or what? I would like to know from anyone who have been using it ?

Thanks !

Using ArcMap 9.3.1

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Which UTM zone are the coordinates in? – blah238 Feb 9 '12 at 2:10
UTM 13 NAD 1983 – PROBERT Feb 9 '12 at 2:12
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Entering UTM coordinates on this dialog is a little tricky:

From the help on Using the Go to X, Y dialog box:

Click the Units button Units to choose the units in which to enter coordinates.

  • When using MGRS, USNG, or UTM locations, make sure there are no spaces in the coordinate string.

Valid UTM coordinate notation input: 17N6734294749123 (1-meter square, 13-digit coordinate)

So the zone 13N would go first, followed by the first 6 digits of the easting (X-coordinate) followed by the first 7 digits of the northing (Y-coordinate), with no spaces in between.

I will say the help is woefully inadequate regarding how the easting/northing must be entered.

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An addition to your answer: When adding UTM coordinates to the Go to X, Y dialog box, the correct zone can be found using a grid like this one: I find this especially confusing since UTM zones are often broken up only into N (north) and S (south), but the system ESRI uses for this tool breaks them into 20. Adding to this confusion, I work primarily in latitudinal zone S, which is north of the equator.... When I first saw 17R in the help topic you linked to above, it was a real head-scratcher! But when I realized they were using this grid, it became clear. – CSB Feb 1 at 19:13

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