How do i create a polygon shapfile from an excel spreadsheet

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05-04-2016 08:37 AM
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Ive got an excel spreadsheet with the outlines of house locations as polygons (within the table i have the shape length and shape area of each house. I need to know how to take this from an excel to a shapefile to display it on the map

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How is your data set up? Could you provide an example?

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My data table is set up with the following fields:

Object ID, Description, Shape_Length, Shape_area

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That is just the attribute table from the geodatabase file.  You are missing the necessary Shape field to generate the polygons... particularly if you only have that file in Excel

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could you point me in the direction for instructions on how i would go about creating the necessary shape field to get the polygons on the map?

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That is the point... the shapefield is created by ArcMap, it stores the geometry there.  You need the originating file (I suspect a geodatabase in your case since you have Shape_Length etc fields). Your only option is to get the original file.