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I have coordinates (sampling points) as part of a larger excel file that I am trying to convert to a .shp file to overlay on a map. When I add them to Arc as XY data they display just fine, but when I export to .shp file I lose my points. When I select zoom to layer it zooms way way way out and still displays nothing. Any ideas about what might be going wrong? I am using ArcMap 10.1

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    Please tell us about your process. How are you exporting the points to a .shp? – Get Spatial Sep 23 '13 at 20:56
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    Also, what version of Excel are you using? For me 2013 does some crazy things... – Sarah Sep 24 '13 at 0:45
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ensure that none of your field names have spaces in them. I had similar problem and when I took out spaces it worked.

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  • I have also found this to be a cause. I believe hyphens should also be avoided. – Adam Aug 31 '15 at 5:02

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