I'm not sure what to do with a metadata file so that layers in arcmap will display?
Is that the only file you have?
What is in it?
no its not the only file... there is a veg.shp(that I assume the metadata is the reason I cant seem to display it)
there is also dem.txt aswell as a roads.txt that I cant figure out what to do with em
A shapefile normally consists of at least 3 parts *.shp, *.shx and *.dbf
If you have all those components, you can simply use the Add data button in ArcMap or its equivalent in PRO to add the data to a dataframe/map.
If you only have the *.shp portion of the shapefile, go back and get its brethren
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