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I have a large Excel spreadsheet of addresses and project data. I would like to automatically convert this into a point shapefile based on the addresses.

Since these are not coordinates and are addresses, how do I do this using ArcMap?

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The concept of converting physical addresses to locations on earth (and viceversa) is known as geocoding. Here is a good read on what geocoding is.

Furthermore, I suggest you take a look at Geocoding a table of addresses in ArcMap for a detailed guide on how to convert your Excel spreadsheet with addresses to a Shapefile.

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The company I work for has a tool for geocoding of addresses in Excel. Actually, two tools. One is for batch processing of Excel files, and another is an Excel add-in for processing within the spreadsheet.

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