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Error: Saving Data, Output name is not valid

Error Message

In some instances, when exporting data to a shapefile, or attempting to convert graphics to features in ArcMap, the following error message is returned:

Error:   
Saving Data, Output name is not valid

Cause

The error occurs due to one of the following reasons:

  • The output feature class name begins with a number or a special character.
  • Saving a feature class to a folder other than a geodatabase (.gdb).
  • Saving a shapefile to a .gdb.

Solution or Workaround

Select one of the following options to resolve this issue:

  • Use a feature class name that begins with a letter, not a number or a special character. For further information, refer to the following documentation, ArcGIS Help: Defining feature class properties.
  • If saving data as a feature class, select File and Personal Geodatabase feature classes as the output file type and, specify a .gdb as the output location.
saving a feature class in a geodatabase
  • If saving data as a shapefile, select Shapefile as the output file type, and specify a non-geodatabase folder as the output location.
saving a feature in a local folder

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