when i import XY data from excel, i cant see points on the shape file
Then the points layer does not have a defined coordinate system, or it has been defined incorrectly when using the Define Projection tool Define Projection—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop
If the XY coordinates in the spreadsheet were in the range of plausible values for longitude (-180 to 180 degrees) and latitude ( -90 to 90 degrees), then it should have been given a geographic coordinate system with an appropriate datum. The most widely use being the GCS WGS84, which is the default for coordinates derived from GPS data.
Often, people want the coordinates to be in a projected coordinate system (eg. a UTM projection) so they use the Define Projection tool to 'define' it as such. That doesn't 'make it so' to quote Jean Luc Picard. It just fouls things up. It must be 'defined' correctly, BEFORE it can be changed into a new coordinate system using the Project tool Project—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop
Steps in workflow are important... articulate exactly what you did to arrive at your situation should the above not provide a solution
Make sure there is no space in the X/Y fields of the Excel Sheet. Also do not use any special character for the Attribute Name except underscore.
Presumably you did something like this... Adding x,y coordinate data as a layer—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop
If you can't see the points in the shapefile's table, then... Add XY Coordinates—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop
If you can't see them in the dataframe, then the coordinate system has not been defined, or it has been defined incorrectly, hence, you need to do this... Define Projection—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop
Here my issue is
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Zoom to full extent... are the points elsewhere on the screen? (then the coordinate system is defined wrong)
Calculate the coordinates in the table as per the above. (are there valid coordinates in the table)
report on your findings.
if i check layer with points, i can see just my points,
if i check map layer, i can see just map layer
Thnx a lot for ur valuable help
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