How do you create a shapefile from points created using the Go To XY tool?

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    If you want to manually do this create a new shapefile and digitize the points. Before you clicke to add a point right click into the map. There you have the option to add the exact coordinates for the point to be set.
    – Matte
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 20:28
  • Possible yes, but I think you would be ill advised to use that workflow. I think it would be far more sensible to create a new feature class and pay close attention to using the Define Projection tool to get its coordinate system right.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 20:32
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    Perhaps you are reversing Latitude and Longitude of your Table columns.
    – klewis
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 21:05
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    It sounds like you're assigning the coordinate system of your other layers or of the data frame. Make sure you're assigning a geographic coordinate system to the xy layer.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 18:34
  • I think you should use the advice provided so far and if you are still stuck then edit your question to provide precise details of each step you perform paying particular attention to any coordinate system decisions you are making.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Jul 30, 2016 at 0:43

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Plot your X,Y points with the "Go To XY" tool, as you've stated. For each X,Y that you plot, use the "Add Point" button so that ArcMap drops a graphic "point" at each location you're interested in. When you have them all plotted and you're ready to convert them to a shapefile, go to the "Drawing" toolbar's drop-down menu and choose "Convert Graphics to Features".

As others have stated, this isn't the most efficient way to create a featureclass out of X,Y coordinates, but if it's the process/workflow that works best for you, so be it! Good luck!

  • Perfect thank you! Id upvote but I dont have enough reputation yet.
    – mattyb
    Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 17:39

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