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Click the map, add a call-out with coordinates from clicked point.

December 12 2011 | 2 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Labeling

Is there a way to click on a map and add coordinates to a new call-out (ArcView license)? What we need to do is click on a point on the map, and have a call-out appear with the coordinates (from the Status bar at the bottom of the screen) inserted into the call-out.

We need to show the coordinates along a proposed road, at each bend in the road, so that field workers can know they are in the right location when the proposed road is in a wooded area.

Mapping Center Answer:

The simplest way to do this is to locate the points in a new point feature class, then a new item to the attribute table (labelled latitude). Then right-click the field heading and select Calculate Geometry.  In the dialog box you can then specify what to calculate...select Latitude and you'll populate the field with the latitude.  Repeat to get a new longitude field and you can then label your new points using the information in these fields.

If you already know the lat/long points in advance you could also use the Goto XY tool.

is there an easier way? posted by Tim Lingle on Dec 2 2015 9:11AM
The original question is one I run into all of the time and don't think creating a feature class is a simple solution. Before field work we see something we need to go to, like retrieving a GPS collar or the perfect spot to install a vegetation plot so we need a field map that shows the UTM coordinatates of the particular spot. I can add a callout box and write down the coordinates of the position clicked to then add in to the label, and thought the NRCS label coordinate tool instructions look like exactly what we need, but I cant find an arcscript of the same name.
Two ideas posted by Aileen Buckley on Dec 2 2015 2:02PM
Here are two ideas about how to deal with this task that do not involve creating a feature class:

1. If the coordinates of single points are needed:
a. Set ArcMap’s data frame coordinate system to use the GCS/PCS you need the coordinates expressed.
b. Add some data that covers the vicinity you need to capture coordinates from.
c. Use the identify tool and click where you want coordinates—the XY coordinates are between the features list and the first feature’s attribute values.
2. If the extent of a region is needed:
a. Set ArcMap’s data frame coordinate system to use the GCS/PCS you need the coordinates expressed.
b. Add some data that covers the vicinity you need to capture coordinates from.
c. Use the Draw toolbar to draw a rectangle, and then right-click the selected rectangle and choose properties—go to the Size and position tab, which will have the coordinates of the Anchor Point in the position section—click each anchor point to get the coordinate for that location.

Let us know how this works for you!

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