How do you draw a circle with a known radius (ex: 1 meter) to scale in ArcMap 10.8?

I have used the draw tool, but a circle with a radius of 1 meter drawn with the draw tool is not to scale.

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    Look at the buffer tool. You need to make sure you are using a projection with a meter unit such as UTM.
    – ahmadhanb
    Oct 24, 2022 at 22:41

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As I mentioned in my comment, the buffer tool is what you are looking for.

Here is the illustration from the above help:

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However, need to make sure you are using a projected coordinate system with a meter unit such as UTM.

  • Thank you. Does only the input have to be in UTM? Oct 27, 2022 at 18:47
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    No, but it should be with any projection that uses units such as meters or feet. You can refer to the help for more information.
    – ahmadhanb
    Oct 27, 2022 at 21:11

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