Back to GIS basics – how to move a shapefile between folders

Back to the basics, this video will show how to move shapefiles.  One of the complicated aspects about shapefiles is the number of extensions associated.  Shapefiles comprise of about 7 files.  When moving files, all files must be moved together.  Thus they cannot be in separate directories.  The scary part, is that all these files are visible in Windows Explorer, but in ArcCatalog, you’ll only see one file.

Side note, did you know you can open *.dbf files in Excel.  This will show you the attribute table.  Sometimes you can edit directly from this file.  If you have any questions, feel free to subscribe to the YouTube channel and get in touch with any questions.


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