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I'm attempting to convert File Geodatabase feature class into a shapefile. I found the help for ArcGIS 10.1 (my version) for Desktop and it tells me:

2.On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Production Mapping

But when I follow this menu, Production Mapping does not exist.

Can anyone help me out here? I feel like I'm missing something very obvious.

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I recommend that you try the Feature Class To Shapefile ( Conversion) tool instead:

Copies the features from one or more feature classes or layers to a folder of shapefiles.

This should enable you to convert feature classes within your file geodatabase to shapefiles.

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is there any features in FileGeodatabase API that can do this? like read shapedata of featureclasses? – Muneem Habib Oct 28 '15 at 8:01
@MuneemHabib I'm not familiar with the FileGeodatabase API. – PolyGeo Oct 28 '15 at 8:31

One other quick and easy way if you have the layer open in ArcMap is to right click, select Data, then Export Data. The default format there is shapefile.

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Open ArcCatalog, then select your gdb, right click, export, to Shapefile (Multiple), then just select Output folder and your done

GDB export to shapefile Feature Class to Shapefile

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The tool that PolyGeo has linked to will definitely do what you want.

Just so you know the Production Mapping toolbar would show up if you had the Production Mapping Extension, so that's why it wasn't in your list of toolbars.

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If I got your question right, in ArcMap, within Catalog window browse the gdb and then right click to Export to SHPs.

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This is basically a duplicate of Antonio's answer. For this purpose, there's not really a distinction between the Catalog Window and the Catalog program. – Chris W Mar 5 '15 at 2:32
ArcCatalog and the Catalog window of ArcMap are not identical and so I think this answer is OK to stay even if far briefer than I like to see. – PolyGeo Mar 5 '15 at 5:50

I prefer to use Feature Class to Feature Class, as you can use it to go back b/n both formats.

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