I'm testing a simple portion of my add in and can't get it to center/pan to a specified point, I've included what is currently in my OnClick() method. No errors appear it just refreshes and nothing happens (10.1 SP1, C#.NET VS 2010).

IMxDocument mxdoc = ArcMap.Application.Document as IMxDocument;
IActiveView actView = mxdoc.FocusMap as IActiveView;
IPageLayout pLayout = actView as IPageLayout;
ISpatialReferenceFactory srFactory = new SpatialReferenceEnvironmentClass();
int gcsCode = (int)esriSRGeoCSType.esriSRGeoCS_NAD1983;
ISpatialReference spatRef = srFactory.CreateGeographicCoordinateSystem(gcsCode);

    IPoint point = new PointClass();
    double xCoord = 33.217918;
    double yCoord = -98.158749;
    point.PutCoords(xCoord, yCoord);
catch (Exception ex)
  • yCoord looks > 90 Jun 1, 2016 at 15:44
  • That seems to be my next issue, no matter what projection I put it in it puts me in the Atlantic Ocean. I believe this is because it is taking me x meters from the origin but it was my understanding that a geographic coordinate system read these coordinates differently. Jun 1, 2016 at 15:56

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There's a few problems here. First IMxDocument.FocusMap is read only, you can't change the extent from here, use IMxDocument.ActiveView instead.

Instead of projecting your point (point.Project(spatRef);) you need to set it by using IPoint.SpatialReference (inheritied from IGeometry class): point.SpatialReference = spatRef;

I have found it better to pan an envelope rather than trying to modify with CenterAt:

IEvelope pEnv = mxdoc.ActiveView.Extent;
mxdoc.ActiveView.Extent = pEnv;

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