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Why does zooming to a selected feature in a point layer not zoom in?

Question asked by dazzasmith on Apr 19, 2017
Latest reply on May 15, 2017 by dazzasmith

I've experienced this same issue over the years and never been bothered to address it (until now).

 

The problem: When I select a single point feature in a point layer (usually with a large number of features covering a large area) and then do a zoom-to-selected, either via arcpy code or manually in Arcmap, the zoom doesn't zoom in to a sensible scale I.e manual zooming is required to get to a level where the selected feature is distinguishable.

 

Why is this. Do I need to set some kind of zoom-to-scale property or environment variable, or is it a problem with spacial indices or something along these lines? 

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