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When I attempt to add a shapefile from a folder to my ArcMap document I receive this message.

Why am I unable to add this shapefile? I've looked around for a similar issue, however other posts deal with open error "Getting “Failed to open tool” message when trying to run geoprocessing tool from C# code" or Error opening feature class of geodatabase in ArcGIS for Desktop? Don't really deal with my same issue.

Here is the message I receive:

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All of the files and folders are in the same format and accessible the same way.

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All the extensions are available and don't appear to be corrupt in anyway.

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Here my shapefile icon displays black question mark in a green box.

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Here are all the files in ArcMap except for the "glpv1" shapefile

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When I open the file using QGIS, it displays and works just fine.

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    do you have the .dbf file? – artwork21 Dec 20 '16 at 17:13
  • apparently not, that's seems to be the issue? – whyzar Dec 20 '16 at 19:18
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Related to my comment, the minimum files to make up a shapefile are the .dbf, .shx, and .shp (.prj is nice to have too). You are missing the glpv1.dbf file.

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