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Changing Annotation Feature Class Font

March 20 2011 | 0 comments
Categories: Labeling

I have an annotation feature class created at 1:250,000 scale. The feature class is stored in a File Geodabase. What I am trying to do is simply change the font and colour for all the text at once. I assume I can do this in ArCatalog. When I select it and go to the properties the options are greyed out and I can't seem to batch change anything. I don't have ArcMap open. I have tried pulling the file into ArcMap and editing the file but it looks like I have to do each one individually. Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

Mapping Center Answer:

If you want this change to be temporary you can do it in ArcMap with symbol substitution. See the help topic on Displaying geodatabase annotation -- scroll down to the section titled Symbol Substitution.

If you want the change to be permanent, you can add the symbol to the symbol collection in ArcCatalog and then open the annotation feature class in ArcMap and calculate the symbol ID field to the new symbol. You need to be careful using this approach because if there are symbol overrides they will be wiped out. You can work around this by calculating out the override fields, changing the symbol ID field and then calculating back the values.

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