I am displaying a CSV file in ArcGIS 10. After adding the data table, I right-click it, and select "Display XY Data".

I am able to complete the required information and display the data, however, I receive the following error message.

The table you specified does not have an Object-ID field so you will not be able to select, query, or edit the features in the resulting layer, or define relates for them.

Because of this, I'm limited in what I can do with the newly visualized data.

Is there a specific column that should be added to the CSV file that ArcGIS will interpret as an Object ID? I've tried a few namings, but keep getting the same message.


Right click on the "X,Y Events" layer and export it to a geodatabase or a shapefile, whichever your preference. The OID field will be added in and all of those options will be made available

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    Is there a way to use an existing OID from the CSV file? – dangowans Feb 4 '14 at 17:01
  • I would guess sort it by the original OID then create the new OID via export, and they should coincide – Maksim Feb 4 '14 at 18:05

It is very important to register your CSV into a geodatabase and OBJECTID will be automatically added hence be able to do what you intend to do

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