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Error: When adding a shapefile to a view, "Feature table has error - unable to make theme" occurs

Error Message

The following error occurs when adding a shapefile to a view:

"Feature table has error - unable to make theme."

Cause

The theme attribute table is corrupt.

Solution or Workaround

Use Microsoft Excel to redefine the extent of the theme's .dbf file.

  1. Open the .dbf file associated with the theme in Excel.
  2. Click Insert > Name > Define.
  3. Select the word Database from the list on the Define Name dialog box.
  4. Click the button at the bottom right-hand corner.
  5. Click the upper left-hand cell and drag a box to the lower right-hand cell.
  6. Save the file as a .dbf with the same name as the original table.