I'm wondering if there is any method to preserve the original field names in Arc GIS when I join csv. tables to a Shapefile.
I ask, because sometimes I join tables with 10, 20 or even more columns and when exporting the joined data Arc GIS always renames them according to the name of the original table and the order of the column (e.g. table_xy_1,table_xy_2, etc.).
Since there is no easy way to rename the fields in the attribute table permanently (i.e. you have to create a new column and copy the old on into this new column AND delete the old column) this creates a bunch of work (despite from the fact that you have to orientate yourself in this mess of field names)
So I can't actually believe that there is no more efficient way to do such a basic operation in Arc GIS...