I am trying to open a txt file (the textfile contains coordinates. It has a x and y column) within ArcMap 10.0. But everytime I want to open it (Add data --> Add XY Data) the software does not show me the X and Y field. Even when I try to open the txt via Data -> Add Data --> Add Data I get an error message "General function failure". Even when I try to create a txt file like done in http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1%20/index.html#//005s00000010000000 I am experiencing the same problems. The same happens also if I convert the txt to csv.

Does anybody have an idea why I can't open any txt file in Arcmap?

Edit: I can open the file in ArcMap on my computer at home. Only on my works computer I am experiencing the problem that I can't open any text file. Any ideas?

  • Do you have the data correctly formatted? This could lead to this error. Nov 12 '15 at 14:08
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    You might post a few lines from the file to help us see what the issue is. Nov 12 '15 at 16:28
  • A few years ago I discovered a weird thing with Arcmap. If your CSV file is on the root of your C:\ drive Arcmap never shows it. As soon as you move it to a folder such as c:\Temp then its visible and you can add it to the map and display as an event layer. Is this the issue?
    – Hornbydd
    Nov 12 '15 at 17:03
  • @Hornbydd Works fine for me in the not-yet-released 10.4.0 prerelease!
    – mkennedy
    Nov 12 '15 at 19:30
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    @Dominic, could there be a difference in setup between both computers, where one (at home) is using "." as the decimal separator, and the other (at work) is using "," ? Then your values would be recognized as coordinates or not, because they would be interpreted as numeric or text.
    – Hélène
    Nov 13 '15 at 10:11

I agree with the others, this sounds like a formatting issue. Make sure your TXT file is correctly formatted and there are no strange characters in it.

Can you post a screenshot or an excerpt of the TXT file?

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