I'm having a problem creating a grid index in ArcMap. I'm encountering the same problem with both the Strip Map Index Features (first choice) and Grid Index tools.


  1. Open the Strip Map Index Features tool in the Cartography toolbox.
  2. Specify a line feature as input and set output to default geodatabase.


--Output features were generated, but have no geometry. "Shape_Length" and "Shape_Area" (as well as "TopPage" and "BottomPage") fields in attribute table contain null values. Symbology is set, but there's nothing to display.

I get a comparable result when I attempt to use the Grid Index Features tool.

System: ArcGIS 10.2.1 (Basic license) | Windows 10 (64-bit)

I was able to work around this problem by creating a whole new MXD and adding all my data back in by hand. Not a definitive solution by any means.

  • May be you have the extent environment setting set and the result is that it attempts to build indices but outside the extent so nothing is generated? – Hornbydd Mar 22 '17 at 18:31

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