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I am a new user doing simple tasks with ArcMap 10.1

I have a shapefile and an excel file, and I want the join to be a permanent part of the shapefile. The way I've been going about this is to export the shapefile into a feature class within a database. Is this the most efficient way to go about saving the joined attributes?

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    yes............ (needed at least 15 characters) – user681 Jul 18 '14 at 14:36
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If you've already done the join, yes. If not, then you should start with the Join Field tool. This allows you to directly write attributes from one file to another based on a join (a one-step process rather than join/export two-step).

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