I have a shapefile that contains several points but the attribute table does not display the actual coordinates (X,Y). I was just wondering if some knew a quick way in ArcMap to get the coordinates information? Is there a tool in the ArcToolbox to do this?
Yes of course...glad you mentioned ArcToolbox. The tool is the 1st one under the Features toolset: Data Management Tools.tbx >> Features >> Add XY Coordinates
One very nice thing about this tool is that it automatically adds the fields (Point_x, Point_y, etc.) if you don't have them already in the attribute table - even adds the Z and M fields, if your dataset is so enabled. Even 'updates' these fields, if necessary, on subsequent runs of the tool (I just tested this).
Incidentally, if you already have X and Y fields defined and you wanted to maintain them, you can optionally use 'Calculate Geometry' from within ArcMap. (Right-click on the field header and select the appropriate value to calculate - have to run the field calculations separately, though.)
Yeah, the tool Wayne proposed does what you need. Another simple way to calculate the XY coordinates as outlined by Wayne is to create two fields on your own in the attribute table in ArcMap, then right-click each of them and choose Calculate Geometry where you could choose to calculate X- and Y-coordinate.