Adding XY point data

08-29-2011 03:26 AM
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Dear All
Am trying to Add XY data into ArcMap, the data is in CSV form, when I go to add XY data and browse to the CSV file, the X and Y field to specify are empty, even from the drop down nothing. As a result I have to convert the CSV file to an ordinary excel file for me to import the XY data, surely life shouldn't be that difficult. Am using 9.3. I remember some years back we had to convert an excel  file into DBF file before importing into ArcMap. nowadays excel 2007 soes not have a provision to convert to DBF file, does antone know the easiest way of importing XY point data? e.g a CSV file other than going round converting?
Thanks in Advance.
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Mwape Somanje,

I've never had any issues with adding XY data using csv.  If you look in your csv file, do you have quotes around tour XY values?  ArcGIS only uses the fields that it sees as numerical.  Let me know and I hope this helps.
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