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How To: Build a spatial index for a shapefile

Summary

Instructions provided describe how to create a spatial index for a shapefile.

Procedure

 

  1. Start ArcCatalog.
  2. Navigate to the location of the shapefile.
  3. Right-click the shapefile and select Properties.
  4. Select 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 before attempting step 5 again.