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Occasionally I have a MapInfo TAB file that doesn't match up with others. Presumably this is because MapInfo is interpreting it as a different projection to the one it was saved as. I am also assuming that it is possible to have two TAB files of different projections in the same workspace and have them match up.

As far as I can see the only way to change a tables projection is to save a copy which doesn't seem to help me.

I there a way to switch projections on the fly? Or at least to find out which projection the TAB file thinks it is and which projection MapInfo is interpreting it as? Am I just being thick?

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You can also reproject / attribute another projection your Mapinfo datasets with the free and open-source ogr2ogr GDAL utilty :

An easy way to obtain that utility is to install Frank Warmerdam's Tools :

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You can check what the Map windows projection is by going to Map > Map Options and click the Projections button. This will also allow you to change the maps projection.

You can also check the projections of the tables by going to Table > Maintenance > Table Structure. Here you can check the tables projection.

You are correct, to change the tables projection, you need to save a copy and change the projection on the Save dialog.

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MapInfo stores the projection information inside the MAP file. If the coordinates are correct, but you have wrong projection stored, it can only be corrected one way: Export the table to MIF format, edit the coordsys inside the MIF and then import the file again. After that MapInfo will take care of reprojecting the data on-the-fly if you want to show it together with datasets with other projections.

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Easiest way is to save a copy as (File->save copy as) make sure to set the projection you want and save it.

Close the current file, then open the new one.

Note this is for Mapinfo 11.5

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