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Changing halo of multiple styles annotations at once

June 14 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Map Data


I have a couple hundred annotations of different style, text size, alignment, etc. and now I need to change the color of the halo for almost all of them. If I select them all and change the halo from the attribute window in editing mode (by selecting Symbol > Properties > Mask Tab and then Halo, they will all, in the end, have the same style, size, alignment (they'll be overrided). How can I do that other than by selecting only text with one particular style, changing their halo and then another style, ... ? I used to create new fields in which I copied the size, alignments, ..., but I took me hours to do this "manually" the first time and now I'm asked to do it again but don't have much time to do it. It's a simple thing that to change a color so it must have a simple solution only I don't know it ;)


Mapping Center Answer:

The only way to do this is to make new text symbols in the annotation feature class's symbol list and then recaculate the symbol ID to be equal to the new symbol's ID.  However, this is a dicey thing to attempt as the alignment/justification properties will get overridden.  You may be better off producing new annotation.

For a halo, you could also try selecting those annotation elements and setting the halo color to "No Color"  I hadn't thought of that until just now.

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