Unable to specify the correct table when creating a layer from XY data

Last Published: April 25, 2020


I am unable to specify the correct table when I use the Display XY Data dialog box to create a layer.


It is possible to have two tables with identical names in the table of contents in ArcMap as long as they are stored in different directories. You can only create a layer from the XY data in the first table listed. The first table will be used even if you right-click the second table to create the layer.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Display the Add XY Data dialog box.

    Click Tools > Add XY Data.

  2. Select the correct table from the tables dropdown list.
  3. Specify the fields for the X and Y coordinates.
  4. Click OK to add create the new layer.

Article ID:000002955

  • ArcMap 9 x
  • ArcMap 8 x

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