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I'm helping geocode addresses, and new at it. My office does not have Arc Server, is this required? I found this conversation Address or reverse geocode a point shapefile that points me to address locators. Can I just load the street map and do this in ArcMap without ArcServer?

if not, I have been trying to do this through ArcGIS Explorer for Desktop, but it is suprisingly frustrating to migrate from this to ArcMap. It doesn't provide xy locations as a field, and only preserves one field from the original spreadsheet. In ArcMap I was able to do a join, and then 'add xy coordinates'. but there's got to be an easier way.

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What software do you have access to? Do you have ArcGIS Desktop as well? If yes, which release number and version (ArcView/Editor/Info)? – RyanDalton Nov 15 '12 at 21:51

Yes, add the spreadsheet or any table with addresses to ArcMap 10.0+. Right click, the sheet in data source view, and click "Geocode Addresses". Follow the prompts and you will be good to go.

I think there is a limit to the addresses, but I think it's in the thousands?

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There is no need to use the overly complicated Arc geocoding; as long as you do not mind limit of about 2,000 addresses per day, will work for you.

When you are finished, you can display the coordinates using Quick Map or save the coordinates and display them in Arc.

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Just wondering, are you affiliated with HamsterMaps? – mkennedy Jun 6 '13 at 18:48

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