Problem: Tab delimited text file tables do not display correctly in ArcCatalog or ArcMap
When a table for a tab delimited text file is opened in ArcMap or ArcCatalog, the data is not correctly entered into columns.
ArcMap and ArcCatalog interpret files with a .txt, .csv, or .asc extension as comma delimited by default. Files that have a .tab extension are interpreted as tab delimited by default.
Solution or Workaround
Select an option below.
- Change the extension on all tab delimited text files to .tab. Right-click the file in Windows Explorer and select Rename.
- Modify the schema.ini. This file determines how to read delimited text files.
For more information on modifying the schema.ini see Accessing delimited text file data
Last Published: 5/5/2016
Article ID: 000002961