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When running the Spatial Join tool three or more times on a shapefile, the count fields are not named as expected.

Last Published: October 13, 2015 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000088487
SubmittedJune 18, 2015
Last ModifiedNovember 24, 2020
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.2
Operating SystemWindows
Operating System Version7.0 64 Bit
StatusWill Not Be Addressed

Additional Information

Use workaround, or use file geodatabase instead of shapefile.


Option 1: In the 'Field Mapping' section, rename the existing Count fields prior to the third run of the Spatial Join tool. This gives the newest count field a name of 'Join_Count' by default. Option 2: 1. Right-click the polygon layer in the Table of Contents, select 'Joins and Relates' > Join..., and select 'Join data from another layer based on spatial location' from the drop-down list. 2. Run the tool once, then run the tool again on the output, then again on that output. The count fields are named in an expected way.

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000088487


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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