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Custom Reference Grid

October 05 2010 | 1 comment
Categories: Map Elements

I'm trying to create a custom reference grid using the Alberta Township System. I was able to create a new custom overlay in the styles manager, but both the township and range labels are only at the top and bottom. I would like to have the range labels at the top and bottom and the township labels on the left and right. The polygon I'm referencing has the attributes for what I need. Is there a way to do this?


Mapping Center Answer:

There are a couple of things to check:

  1. If the features used for the custom overlay grid don't intersect the edge of the data frame they won't get placed.
  2. To have the township labels on the left and right and the range labels on the top and bottom, you'll have to make two custom overlay grids. In the one for townships, set it to label only on the left and right. In the one for the ranges, set it to label only on the top and bottom. You can set which edges get labels by selecting the grid in the Data Frame Properties dialog > Grids tab, clicking the Properties button and then setting the options in the Reference System Properties dialog > Labels tab.

Clipping the grid posted by Jamie Johnston-Stewart on Oct 5 2010 11:11AM
Works great! I didn't have the grids intersecting to the edge of the data frame.
I've clipped my data frame to an irregular polygon, is it now possible to have the grid clipped to the same shape? From what I can see, this is only possible when the wizard is turned on.

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