25 feet polygon layer shows in ArcMap but not in ArcCatalog

05-05-2022 10:58 AM
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Occasional Contributor III

Good afternoon,


I created a 25 feet polygon buffer around a point layer, and when I open the buffer layer in ArcCatalog I do not see any feature, also when I open the same layer in ArcMap, features are not visible, I do have to zoon in a lot to see anything.


Is that normal?


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Frequent Contributor

If you have to zoom, it sounds likely you've got a scale range set. See anything on the general tab of the layer's properties? Select "Show layer at all scales" to clear those settings.



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MVP Frequent Contributor

If not zoom scale related, sometimes corrupt features will cause that as well.

Can try the Repair Geometry tool on the buffer feature class to see if that resolves it.


Frequent Contributor III

Well 25 feet is a VERY small buffer.  I would expect you would need to be zoomed in to less than 1:500 to even see the features.

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