I have edited a shape file in ArcGIS 9.3.1. and now I want to export the contents of the shape file in a csv or xls format for use in another software package. I find the Geodatabase export choice unworkable and an unwanted distraction. Same with dbf, the only other choice I am offered by the Arc software.
Stop Edit then Open Attribute Table - Export it to .dbf
.dbf file can easily be open by Excel 2010 or you can import .dbf into Ms Access table and get your results.
There is already a dbf with the shape file name, as part of the shape file package. I could rename it and so on but it seems a round about way of doing things
Actually when we create a shape file , it is not a one file,
it is the combination of 6 files i,e .sbx .cpg .dbf .shp .shx .prj
we can not open a single file.
it only be read by Arc Catalog or Arc Map
that's why I suggest that open attribute table of that shape file and then export it , this .dbf is convertible.