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05-26-2016 08:28 AM
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JoelMeier1
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I'm trying to add a .shp to my www.arcgis.com​ webmap and the shapefiles keep appearing in the middle of the pacific no matter which projection I try and use. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to fix this?

Also not sure if I'm putting this in the right place. please let me know if I need to move it

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DanPatterson_Retired
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in arcmap, rightclick on the layer, bring up properties, then look for the projection and extent in the general/source tab.  It is likely that the file had a defined projection, so changing it to something else, will foul it up.  Check the extents, do they like they are in decimal degrees (-180 to 180 EW and -90 to 90 NS range) or are the numbers large (could be in one of hundreds of projections.)

Webmaps tend to use a web mercator projection (although not guaranteed), so you should check your environments and files before you change them

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AdrianWelsh
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Hi Joel,

When you view the shapefile in ArcGIS Desktop, is it showing up where it is supposed to? Can you upload the shapefile here so others can test it?

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DanPatterson_Retired
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in arcmap, rightclick on the layer, bring up properties, then look for the projection and extent in the general/source tab.  It is likely that the file had a defined projection, so changing it to something else, will foul it up.  Check the extents, do they like they are in decimal degrees (-180 to 180 EW and -90 to 90 NS range) or are the numbers large (could be in one of hundreds of projections.)

Webmaps tend to use a web mercator projection (although not guaranteed), so you should check your environments and files before you change them

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JoelMeier1
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Using Mercator worked, it was in UTM 17.

Thank you

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