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IMapControlDefault.AddShapeFile Method (ArcObjects .NET 10.8 SDK)
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IMapControlDefault.AddShapeFile Method

Adds a shapefile as a layer to the Map.

[Visual Basic .NET]
Public Sub AddShapeFile ( _
    ByVal Path As String, _
    ByVal fileName As String _
public void AddShapeFile (
    string Path,
    string fileName
HRESULT AddShapeFile(
  BSTR Path,
  BSTR fileName
Path [in]

Path is a parameter of type BSTR fileName [in]
fileName is a parameter of type BSTR

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine.


When a shapefile is added to the MapControl's layer collection it is added to the beginning or top of the collection with an index of 0. The numeric index of any other layers in the layer collection increments by one.

Errors Returned

1053 800a041d: The specified path is invalid
1054 800a041e: The specified filename is invalid


The Layer at the beginning or top of the collection with an index of 0 will be drawn last, whilst the Layer at the bottom of the collection will be drawn first.

Use the MoveLayerTo method to change the position of a Layer within the layer collection.

//Add theRoads shapefile C:\arcgis\ArcTutor\Spatial\roads.shp
axMapControl1.AddShapeFile(@"D:\Temp", "roads.shp");/CODE>
[Visual Basic .NET]
'Add theRoads shapefile C:\arcgis\ArcTutor\Spatial\roads.shp
AxMapControl1.AddShapeFile("D:\Temp", "roads.shp")

See Also

IMapControlDefault Interface