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I have coordinates (sampling points) as part of a larger excel file that I am trying to convert to a .shp file to overlay on a map. When I add them to Arc as XY data they display just fine, but when I export to .shp file I lose my points. When I select zoom to layer it zooms way way way out and still displays nothing. Any ideas about what might be going wrong? I am using ArcMap 10.1

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Please tell us about your process. How are you exporting the points to a .shp? –  Get Spatial Sep 23 '13 at 20:56
Also, what version of Excel are you using? For me 2013 does some crazy things... –  Sarah Sep 24 '13 at 0:45

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