Converting coordinates into a feature class or shapefile

Discussion created by lewishiker7 on Sep 4, 2012
Latest reply on Sep 5, 2012 by MKennedy-esristaff
I am having some trouble getting coordinates, in the form of decimal degrees, converted to mappable data, i.e. point data in shapefile or feature class form. I have tried converting to a feature class from x-y data in ArcCatalog, first using a text file with x and y columns, and alternately using x-y data in spreadsheet form in Microsoft Excel Starter. I have gotten some points to draw, but seemingly not in the right place and with decimal degrees displaying in the scale window as well as at the bottom of the page.

If anyone has feedback or help, it would be much appreciated.

Thank you.