Saving an offset points file

This topic applies to ArcEditor and ArcInfo only.

An offset point file is generated when you save offset points. It can also be created manually for loading into the Offset Line window.

The following is a sample offset point file:

20.000 10.000 L
35.000 10.000 L
35.100 12.000 R

The offset point file consists of a single header line that describes the start distance for the offset line. Each subsequent line describes three parameters: distance from the start, offset distance, and the side on which the point is created.


Loading from a sketch, rather than a file, is primarily intended to be used to recover from accidentally moving a vertex or other item in an edit sketch. To use this command, undo any modifications you made to the sketch, right-click the list on the Offset Points window, then click Load Offset Points From Sketch.

  1. Right-click the list on the Offset Points window and click Save Offset Points.
  2. Navigate to the place where you want to save the points.
  3. Type a name for the file.
  4. Click Save.
  5. To reload the points, right-click the list, click Load Offset Points, then browse to the text file.