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How To: Define the coordinate system of files in a batch process

Summary

Instructions provided describe the steps for using the Batch Define Coordinate System script in ArcToolbox to define the coordinate system of multiple datasets simultaneously.

Note:
In versions of ArcGIS including and later than version 9.2, all Geoprocessing tools support batch processing by right-clicking the tool and selecting Batch.

Procedure

The following steps can be executed in both ArcMap and ArcCatalog.

Note:
If the Samples toolbox is already listed in ArcToolbox, skip steps 2-4.

  1. Start ArcToolbox.
  2. Right-click ArcToolbox and select Add Toolbox.
  3. Browse to C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\ArcToolbox\Toolboxes and select Samples.tbx.
  4. Click Open. The new Samples toolbox displays.
  5. Expand the Samples Toolbox > Data Management Tools > Projections and double-click the Batch Define Coordinate System script.
  6. Add the datasets to be defined.
  7. Specify the coordinate system.
  8. Click OK.