Adding Labels to Features
Concept Procedure

To label features

  1. In Display Manager right-click a feature layer containing the features to label.
  2. Click Edit Style.
  3. In the Style Editor, under Scale Ranges, select the scale range to style.

    For more information about scale ranges, see Defining Scale Ranges.

  4. In the style geometry area for the selected scale range, click the box under Feature Label.
  5. In the Style Label dialog box, select the Create a Label check box.
  6. Select Multiline or Advanced Placement.

    Multiline specifies that the label can have multiple lines of text, but no advanced placement functionality.

    Advanced Placement 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.

  7. For Property To Display, do one of the following:
    • Select a property.
    • Select Expression to use an expression to specify label text.

    For more information, see the Using Expressions to Label Features.

  8. For Font, select a font from the list.
  9. For Size Context, specify the type of units:
    • Select Device Space to specify symbol widths and heights in screen units. Available units are Points, Inches, Millimeters, or Centimeters.
    • Select Map Space to specify symbol widths and heights in Mapping Coordinate System (MCS) units. Available units are Inches, Feet, Yards, Miles, Millimeters, Centimeters, Meters, and Kilometers.
  10. For Units, select the type of units to use.
  11. For Size, enter the text size or specify the size using a number expression.

    For more information, see the Creating Numeric Expressions.

  12. To apply bold, italic, or underlining, click one or more of the Format options.
  13. For Text Color, click a color.
  14. To specify a background style, from the Background Style list click one of the following:
    • 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.
  15. For Ghosted and Opaque background styles, click a color in the Background Color list.
  16. If you are adding labels to a polyline layer, use Vertical Alignment to specify the label position.

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

    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.
  17. For Rotation, do one of the following:
    • Select a value from the drop-down list.
    • Click Any Angle. Specify the angle using the slider or enter an angle in the box. Click OK.
    • Click Expression. Specify the rotation using a number expression.

      For more information about creating a numeric expression, see Creating Numeric Expressions.

  18. Click OK.
  19. Click Save.