Layers fail to draw when attempting to add a shapefile to ArcMap
When attempting to add a shapefile to ArcMap, the layer fails to draw and the following error is returned:
Error: "One or more layers failed to draw. There was a problem drawing the shapefile. Drawing aborted."This is a generic error. There are several reasons associated with this issue. Refer to the Related Information section for more information and other causes for this error.
This issue occurs when:
- The data file is corrupted
- The shapefile is in a ZIP file and is not extracted
Solution or Workaround
Below are some ways to resolve this issue.
Ensure the existing file is not corrupted.
- Use the Check Geometry tool to identify the geometry issues: ArcToolbox > Data Management Tools > Features > Check Geometry. For more information, refer to the following link: Check Geometry.
- Use the Repair Geometry tool to fix the issues identified in the Check Geometry tool: ArcToolbox > Data Management Tools > Features > Repair Geometry. For more information, refer to the following link: Repair Geometry.
If using a ZIP file as the input shapefile, ensure the ZIP file is extracted before adding the shapefile. For more information, refer to the following link: Choosing an export file type.
ArcGIS Web Help: Check Geometry
ArcGIS Web Help: Repair Geometry
ArcGIS Web Help: Exporting features
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