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Label features to fit inside another feature

March 26 2010 | 1 comment
Categories: Labeling, Maplex


This may be a strange question. I have address points as a point feature, and I have parcels as a polygon feature. I would like to label the address points so they orient/rotate themselves to fit inside the parcels. I don't want to use the parcels in my map, I just want the address points to be labeled without interfering with each other. Right now they are all labeling horizontally but I would like some to label vertically so they do not interfere with each other. I hope that makes sense. Thanks.

Mapping Center Answer:

Assuming you have one address point per parcel, you would have to join the address point attributes to the parcels attribute table -- you could use Spatial Join to do this if there is no key (i.e., common attribute) to join the attribute tables.  Then you would label the parcels using the address point attributes that you joined to the attribute table, and align them with the parcels using the Regular Placement - Straight option with additioal option to Try horizontal first (assuming you are using Maplex) or the Try horizontal first, then Straight option (if you are not using Maplex). Since you don't want the parcels on your map, just change the color of the outline and the fill to No Color so they do not show -- then you can still label them.

Multiple points per parcel posted by Stuart Blumberg on Apr 5 2010 12:11PM
What if I had multiple points per parcel?

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