Create a coordinate grid layer in ArcMap

Question: How do I create a coordinate grid polygon data set in ArcMap? I read about Grids & Graticules tab in layer properties but that is just for layout view.

Answer: The tool to create permanent grid polygon features is the Create Fishnet tool, located within the Data Management Tools toolbox, Feature Class toolset. The output will be a set of rectangular polygons, with the option of creating label points for each as well. Cartographic grid symbology such as tics or neatline-type labels will need to be created separately.

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