No matter what I try to do with the file name. Even taking it down to putting the output file in a C:/temp folder, I continue to get the same error when trying to export data "output name is not valid."
When I have selected certain streams out of a statewide stream dataset, and want to create a separate shapefile of just the selected streams, i get the error.
When I take the pointfile dataset of wells in a state, which I generated from an excel spreadsheet, and try to export it to a shapefile so that I can then select the wells within 500ft of the streams I get the error.
When I try to export selected polygons from a parcels dataset, I get the error.
Never mind. I pulled a complete brain fart, and didn't realize that when the window to select the folder and file name was up, there was a drop down box at the bottom where you could select a "Save as type" of either "Sapefile" or "File and Personal Geodatabase feature classes".
When I changed the "Save as type" to "Shapefile" it was amazing......it actually created the shapefile for me. DOH!