I have a shapefile that had its geographic coordinate system defined as the projection NAD 83 UTM Zone 18. The scale of the layer was correct but it was at the wrong point in space. I redefined the layer's coordinate system as GCS_North_American_1983 using Define Projection tool. When I did this, the layer's extent values stayed in meters but the units changed to decimal degrees, resulting in the scale to change to 1:167,078,124,575 in order to bring the layer into view.
Data Type: Shapefile Feature Class Shapefile: F:\ADKCouncil\RawData\Natural\Hydrography\NoSource\ADKlakes.shp Geometry Type: Polygon Coordinates have Z values: No Coordinates have measures: No Geographic Coordinate System: GCS_North_American_1983 Datum: D_North_American_1983 Prime Meridian: Greenwich Angular Unit: Degree
The layer has the correct values for the projected coordinate system in meters however it is in the geographic coordinate system using decimal degrees.
Extent Top: 4969303.000856 dd Left: 474011.435231 dd Right: 4766549.500856 dd Bottom: 637414.935231 dd
I tried to project the layer into NAD 83 UTM Zone 18 using the Project tool however an error results:
invalid extent for output coordinate system