I am using the Alter Field tool in ArcMap to change the name of an attribute column of a shapefile. But, I am getting this error, How can this be fixed?

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    Please always provide error messages as formatted text rather than pictures
    – PolyGeo
    Jul 14 at 7:02

Apparently the feature class whose attribute table column name is to edited has to be in a geodatabase. So, first import the shapefile into a geodatabase and then run the Alter Field tool.

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    A shapefile can't be in a geodatabase. Esri uses the generic term "feature class" to refer to all data source types.
    – Vince
    Jul 13 at 20:19
  • So, what I did was that import the shapefile into a .gdb to make the tool work. Before, the shapefile was in a folder, and when I gave that file to the tool, it gave that error. Jul 13 at 20:51
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    Best practice is to avoid use of shapefiles, which has the side effect of making the naming and type limitations of dBase disappear.
    – Vince
    Jul 13 at 21:09

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