I am having trouble using spatial adjustment to georeference a shapefile that I created from a CAD drawing to a basemap of satellite imagery.

At first, the shapefile had an unknown coordinate system, and I created about 10 displacement links and the adjust option was still greyed out in the drop-down menu.

I tried defining the projection of the shapefile to NAD 83 UTM Zone 17N, because I would need it in that projection eventually, but the adjust option is still greyed out.

It seems that I can't get the option no matter how many displacement links I add as well.

Am I missing something?

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    CAD using only 2 points. Have a look at gis.stackexchange.com/questions/108940/…
    – FelixIP
    Apr 4, 2016 at 21:40
  • Are you in an edit session?
    – Jyler
    Apr 4, 2016 at 21:42
  • @Jyler Yes, I am in an edit session.
    – David
    Apr 4, 2016 at 21:49
  • @FelixIP Thank you for the link, but I would also like to figure out why I can't spatially adjust it in shapefile format, if possible.
    – David
    Apr 4, 2016 at 21:51
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    You have to check one in adjustment dialog. Set Adjusted data
    – FelixIP
    Apr 4, 2016 at 22:21

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Had to either select all features or go into Select Adjust Data... and choose the All Features in These Layers: option.

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