Show Map Tips option is disabled for a shapefile

Last Published: April 25, 2020


When trying to set map tips for a shapefile, the Show Map Tips option is disabled in the Layer Properties dialog box.


The shapefile does not have a spatial index.

Solution or Workaround

Build a spatial index for the shapefile.

  1. Start ArcCatalog.
  2. Navigate to the location of the shapefile.
  3. Right-click the shapefile and select Properties.
  4. Click the Index tab.
  5. Click the Add button in the Spatial Index section.

    If the Add button is disabled, the shapefile may be locked by ArcMap. Save the map document and close ArcMap; then, try the above steps.

Article ID:000004635

  • ArcMap

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