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Why does ArcMap mess up with the order of fields when importing a txt?

Question asked by n.ueberschaeresri-rw-esridist Employee on Oct 19, 2017
Latest reply on Oct 23, 2017 by Dan_Patterson

I thought first I should put it as a discussion but actually I am interested in an answer...


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When I open (drag&drop) a txt file (table) to my mxd, the order of the fields is randomly changed compared to what I see in excel or an text editor. For example, the first two columns end up being colums 18 and 19, column 8 becomes column 20. When I export it to the gdb I have my old order back. 


It is not really a problem at the moment but I am a bit confused why ArcMap does this.