Someone gave me x,y coordinate numbers in Meters, and I put them in the Go To X,Y tool of ArcMap, but ArcMap displayed them in the wrong place.

I checked the bottom on the right corner and that says they are in meters.

Is it possible that ArcMap 9.3.1 gave the wrong location when I entered the UTM 13 NAD 1983 numbers?


Entering UTM coordinates on this dialog is a little tricky:

From the help on Using the Go to X, Y dialog box:

Click the Units button Units to choose the units in which to enter coordinates.

  • When using MGRS, USNG, or UTM locations, make sure there are no spaces in the coordinate string.

Valid UTM coordinate notation input: 17N6734294749123 (1-meter square, 13-digit coordinate)

So the zone 13N would go first, followed by the first 6 digits of the easting (X-coordinate) followed by the first 7 digits of the northing (Y-coordinate), with no spaces in between.

I will say the help is woefully inadequate regarding how the easting/northing must be entered.

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  • An addition to your answer: When adding UTM coordinates to the Go to X, Y dialog box, the correct zone can be found using a grid like this one: dmap.co.uk/utmworld.htm I find this especially confusing since UTM zones are often broken up only into N (north) and S (south), but the system ESRI uses for this tool breaks them into 20. Adding to this confusion, I work primarily in latitudinal zone S, which is north of the equator.... When I first saw 17R in the help topic you linked to above, it was a real head-scratcher! But when I realized they were using this grid, it became clear. – CSB Feb 1 '16 at 19:13
  • 17N6734294749123 is the most ESRI thing ever... – grego May 29 at 23:17

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