Convert to Shapefile option is disabled

Last Published: April 25, 2020


When making a feature theme active, the Convert to Shapefile menu item is greyed out.


The Convert to Shapefile is disabled because one or more of the following is true:

· There is no active theme in the view or the active theme is an image theme.

· The Shape field in that theme's attribute table has been made invisible in the Table Properties dialog.

· There are no visible fields in the theme's attribute table other than the Shape field.

Solution or Workaround

The update script for this menu item expects the following three criteria to be met before it will enable the item. Make sure the active theme meets them:
  • The active theme must be a feature theme (coverage, shapefile, CAD drawing).
  • Both the Shape field and at least one other field are visible in the theme's attribute table.

Article ID:000004228

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