Batch Selecting by Location and Exporting Shapefiles

Discussion created by jamesduffyioz on Feb 21, 2011
Latest reply on Feb 21, 2011 by frankv3

I have ArcGIS Desktop with an ArcInfo Licence.

I have a shapefile with over 1000 features in it.  For each of these features I wish to 'select by location' all data points that fall within the feature from a points layer.  I then wish to export the selected data from the points layer as an individual shapefile.  So this would result in 1 shapefile of selected points per 1 feature.

I know how to do this for shapefiles that contain 1 feature, but not as a batch.  Does anyone know if this can be done using a series of toolboxes? or if not by using python?  If so, where would be the best place to start with python programming?

Kind regards,