Style Label dialog box
 
 
 
NoteThis functionality applies only to features.

Use this dialog box to add and style labels for features.

To label features

In Display Manager, right-click a feature layer Edit Style.

Create A Label

Select the check box to turn on the labels.

NoteIf you are creating a theme, this check box does not appear. Instead, check the Create Feature Labels check box in the Theme dialog box.
Multiline

Specifies that the label can have multiple lines of text, but no advanced placement functionality. For all geometry types but lines, this is the only option available.

Advanced Placement

For line features, specifies a single-line label which follows a path and shrinks to fit. A single label is used for feature segments that have the same property value.

Property To Display

Select a property or select Expression to define an expression for the label text. For more information, see Using the Expression Builder.

Font

Select a font from the list.

Size Context

Select Device Space to specify label widths and heights in screen units. Available units are Points, Inches, Millimeters, or Centimeters.

Select Map Space to specify label widths and heights in Mapping Coordinate System (MCS) units. Available units are Inches, Feet, Yards, Miles, Millimeters, Centimeters, Meters, and Kilometers.

Units

Select the type of units to use.

Size

Enter the text size or specify the size using an expression.

For more information, see Using the Expression Builder.

Format

To apply bold, italic, or underlining, click one or more of the Format options.

Text Color

Select a text color.

Background Style

Select one of the following background styles:

  • Ghosted: Draws an opaque border around each character. Use Background Color to specify a color for the outline.
  • Opaque: Draws a background behind the labels. They are displayed as rectangles with text inside. Use Background Color to specify a color for the rectangles.
  • Transparent: No background is applied to the labels, which are displayed only as text on the map.
Background Color

For Ghosted and Opaque background styles, click a color in the Background Color list.

Horizontal Alignment

Horizontal alignment is available for point layers with fixed labels instead of symbols.

Vertical Alignment

Vertical alignment is available for labels on polyline layers.

Select one of the available positions or select a layer property that contains alignment information for each feature.

Rotation

Do one of the following:

  • Enter the amount to rotate the text.
  • Click Any Angle. Specify the angle using the slider or enter an angle in the box. Click OK.
  • Click Expression. Specify the rotation using an expression. For more information, see Using the Expression Builder.
NoteHorizontal and vertical alignment settings are not available for area layers. Only the vertical alignment setting is available for line layers. Horizontal and vertical alignment settings are available for point layers that display fixed labels instead of symbols. For more information, see Displaying Fixed Labels at Point Locations.