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Problem: Show Map Tips option is disabled for a shapefile

Description

When trying to set map tips for a shapefile, the Show Map Tips option is disabled in the Layer Properties dialog box.

Cause

The shapefile does not have a spatial index.

Solution or Workaround

Build a spatial index for the shapefile.

  1. Start ArcCatalog.
  2. Navigate to the location of the shapefile.
  3. Right-click the shapefile and select Properties.
  4. Click the Index tab.
  5. Click the Add button in the Spatial Index section.

    Note:
    If the Add button is disabled, the shapefile may be locked by ArcMap. Save the map document and close ArcMap; then, try the above steps.