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I have an attribute table schema (about 30 fields) stored in an Excel document, which I exported as a dbf. I can easily make a geodatabase table from this, using the Excel sheet as a template. How can I create a feature class from this schema (either from the Excel sheet or the dbf or the geodatabase table)? The Excel sheet is blank except for the field names.

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Try adding two extra fields for X and Y (perhaps Longitude and Latitude), then I think you should be able to use Display XY Data from the layer context menu, followed by Data|Export Data to create the feature class.

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I tried that, but it doesn't want to display the fields available in the dropdowns for X and Y. I even put a few coordinate values in the columns, but that didn't help. I can still display XY data from other Excel sheets as normal, but this sheet does not want to be displayed. –  Arabella Oct 18 '12 at 5:55
    
Presumably, your Excel spreadsheet will be small, so if you want to email me a copy of it (graeme@polygeo.com.au) with the name of the coordinate system you are wanting for the feature class, then I can give it a quick test and report back. –  PolyGeo Oct 18 '12 at 6:28
    
Thank you for your help, created the feature class as you mentioned and then just deleted the temporary fields. –  Arabella Oct 19 '12 at 8:25

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