Having a seemingly random GIS problem - how do I fix it?

Blog Post created by dkwiens Champion on Feb 13, 2015

Here is my list of things to try when having a random ArcGIS problem:

  1. Restart ArcGIS
  2. Restart computer
  3. If problem seems map-related:
    1. Delete Normal.mxt, found in install folder. For me: C:\Users\{USERNAME}\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.2\ArcMap\Templates
    2. Copy mxd to new map document
  4. If problem seems data-related
    1. Rebuild spatial index.
    2. If shapefile, save to GDB feature class. If GDB feature class, save to shapefile.