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Mapbook Adjacent Labels

January 04 2010 | 2 comments
Categories: Labeling

Hello. I am working with Mapbook in ArcMap 9.3 at work, that has been previously set up. I am not familiar with it and am having problems with adjacent labels displaying at the corners and centers of the data frame. I only want them to display at the center for each side and have checked the label properties for the grid index layer, the identifier layer, and the map series option tab. Turning these off and on has no effect on the labels. What can I do to fix this problem?

Mapping Center Answer:

The DSMapBook has an option to label adjacent tiles in the map frame that is separate from any standard label options you might set with ArcMap. If you want to turn those off, you'll need to right click on "Map Series" on the MapBook tab in the TOC, select Series Properties, and turn off the "Label neighboring tiles?" on the Options tab. This will turn off all the labeling around the data frame.

If you want to have labels at just the center of each side, then you'll need to dive into the code and update the labeling algorithm but I doubt you'll want to do that!

Re: answer for Mapbook Adjacent Labels posted by Martha Smith on Jan 8 2010 1:23PM
Thank you for your answer. I tried it however, and the labels are still on. I checked all layers in the map and the labels are off, so I am thinking it is a code problem. And, unfortunately, I do want the labels at just the center of each side. Is it possible for you to tell me how to change the code?
Other suggestions posted by Aileen Buckley on Jan 11 2010 1:45PM
There are several threads on the user forum about the map book (, and there's actually a web site ( where some users have taken the code and made it open source. I suggest you go to one of these other places for answers.

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