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Bug: Unable to switch to Decimal Degrees after setting the data frame display units to Degrees Minutes Seconds

Description

Attempts to switch to Decimal Degrees, after setting the display units to Degrees Minutes Seconds on the General tab of the Data Frame Properties dialog box, fail. However, this issue does not occur if the data frame display units are modified on the Data View tab of the ArcMap Options dialog box.

Cause

The cause of this bug is unknown, but the issue can be avoided by specifying the data frame display units on the Data View tab of the ArcMap Options dialog box.

Workaround

If the display units on the General tab of the Data Frame Properties dialog box have been changed to Degrees Minutes Seconds, and it is necessary to switch to Decimal Degrees, use the following workaround.

  1. In ArcMap, open the View drop-down menu, and select Data Frame Properties.
The image of the View menu
  1. Click the General tab of the Data Frame Properties window.
  2. Select a unit type other than Decimal Degrees, for example, Nautical Miles, from the Display drop-down menu.
  3. Click Apply, and OK.
The image of the Data Frame Properties window
  1. Repeat the process and select Decimal Degrees. The units displayed in the status bar are saved correctly.
Note:
A coordinate system must be assigned to the data frame on the Coordinate System tab of the Data Frame Properties window before the display units can be changed.

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