Is there a way of viewing only a part of a shapefile in ArcGIS 10?
At the moment if I try to add it the software crashes.
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If you haven't already run a Repair Geometry (either on a copy or have a backup since it makes changes) on your shapefile.
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The definition query may help as well, and if you can't load it into ArcMap without crashing first, go to ArcMap Options - General and uncheck Make newly added layers visible by default.
You might also add a spatial index in ArcCatalog if you haven't already.