Change the precision and scale during an export

Last Published: April 25, 2020


In some cases, when importing data, the data type is changed and the precision and scale are not maintained. This is because data types behave differently between database management systems and ArcGIS software.

ArcGIS Desktop provides default values for precision and scale when using tool functions such as copy/paste and export. When transferring a table between geodatabases or databases, it is possible to change the precision and scale of the values in the table during the transfer.


The following steps describe how to change precision and scale during an export:

  1. In ArcCatalog, right-click the desired feature class or shapefile.
  2. Navigate to Export > To Geodatabase.
  3. Fill in the Output Location and Output Feature Class name.
  4. In the Field Map, right-click the field name > Properties.

    Set the output location and name.
  5. Change the precision and/or scale.

    Set the precision and scale
  6. Click OK and execute the export.

Article ID:000018926

  • ArcMap

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