Import Shapefile Data into Excel?

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03-14-2012 10:55 AM
SamanthaM
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Is it possible to import data from a shapefile into excel and edit it, instead of doing a join to a database file?

For instance in the image below is a shapefile of various counties in TX. Would it be possible to export the data shown below, open it in excel, add/remove/edit columns, save it and then open it back up in ArcGIS?
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If my question is not clear, please ask for clarification.
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DarrenWiens2
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Besides the fact that modern versions of Excel can't save .dbfs (at least back to Office2007), you are just asking for trouble modifying a shapefile outside of GIS software.
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SamanthaM
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Besides the fact that modern versions of Excel can't save .dbfs (at least back to Office2007), you are just asking for trouble modifying a shapefile outside of GIS software.


Thanks. I suppose sticking with edit mode within arcgis dbf table will be the way to go.
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