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This is similar to my previous question, but I would like to ask it for ArcGIS, instead of QGIS. If I am supposed to somehow merge the questions, please let me know.

With an existing point feature class as a layer in an ArcMap 10 document, how do I obtain a list of the points' x y coordinates (ideally in a csv file)? The attribute table for this layer does not have that data.

What I would like is to export those points to a spreadsheet, with the existing attribute table, but also with columns representing each point's corresponding x, y coordinates. Thanks.

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Assuming you don't want to do this programmatically and with as little fuss as possible...

At least at 9.3, ArcMap has an 'Add XY Coordinates' tool (under the Data Management -> Features toolbox). You can run this, which will add a field for the X & Y components of the point coordinate.

You can open the attribute table of the layer and export (using the Options/Export menu on the attribute table) to a dbf, which you can then open in excel and save as a CSV file or whatever.

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If you want to automate the process, simply add these tools and input/output files into a ModelBuilder tool. Use the "Copy Rows" function to export just the table and not the shapefile. CopyRows only saves to DBF, but the same process @Wolf mentioned above will work. If you really want to get creative, export the model to a python script and then you could script the DBF->CSV conversion using pure python. –  RyanDalton Apr 22 '11 at 17:43
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