Questions on georeferencing are some of the most common questions that we get in Support. These conversations range from basic how to questions all the way to questions like “Why are the buttons grayed out?”
There are many places you can find georeferencing help. A few of these places are the ArcGIS Desktop Help documentation, the multiple Support Blogs (linked at the bottom), and the technical articles at Esri Support.
Recently, we have been getting a lot of long-time customers using the georeferencing tool calling in because their toolbar is grayed out. If you are having trouble with an inactive toolbar – have no fear! There is a great article that details some of the known issues that can cause problems when georeferencing rasters in ArcMap.
Of the issues described in the article, one of the most common has to do with datum transformations within a map document. When there are layers or rasters in the map document with different datums, the georeferencing toolbar will be grayed out or inactive. To activate the georeferencing toolbar, open a new map document and only add the raster that you desire to georeference.
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