I am using ArcGIS Pro 1.4 on a laptop with the following specs:

  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ CPU @ 2.80GHz
  • Memory:16 GB @ 1200 MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6144 MB (Just updated the driver)

The Shapefile I am trying to display is linked here: TM_WORLD_BORDERS_SIMPL-0.3.zip

When I open in Desktop 10.4 it dispalys fine but in Pro I cannot see the layer. I can access the attribute table and the information function works just fine.

ArcGIS Pro 1.4 Pro_1.4

ArcGIS Desktop 10.4 Desktop_10.4

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?


The shapefile may be corrupt. Check geometry (in ArcGIS Pro) shows a warning about a missing spatial index at -1.

Running Repair Geometry did not work for me, but exporting the data to a new shapefile did and the new shapefile displays correctly.


I found why your data didn't displaying on ArcGIS Pro. Your Shapefile name contains special character(-). Rename your shapefile(dbf,prj,shx,shp) name on Windows Explore. It will be opened in ArcGIS Pro.

  • Thanks for this, a shapefile of mine wouldn't display until I removed a full stop from it's filename. Which is utterly insane... – TeddyTedTed Apr 9 '19 at 8:59

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