Hi, I am creating a new shapefile and adding fields. When I input field type as short integer it switches my entry to long integer. Does this mean that you can not have short integer in a shapefile?
System: ArcMap 10.51
Geoprocessing considerations for shapefile output—Appendices | ArcGIS Desktop
under attribute limitations... 'number' is the format, I don't think there was any concept of long, short, double, float given the way things are stored in the *.dbf. I wouldn't worry about it. If you are concerned about file size, you should be using a file gdb
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This is likely the best explanation for what you're observing: https://support.esri.com/en/Technical-Article/000001236
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