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changing map annotation drawing order

February 14 2012 | 2 comments

Hi Guys,

Is there a way to order the display of map annotation layers? I have tried the Drawing Order option (bring to front) but this only works with annotation in the same map annotation layer. How can I change the order in which map annotation layers draw?

Kind Regards.

Mapping Center Answer:

To change the order in which map annotation layers are drawn, reorder the map annotation layers in the ArcMap table of contents.

Map annotation is not visible in the TOC posted by Chris Graves on Feb 14 2012 11:16PM
Thanks for the email but these are map annotation layers and not geodatabase annotation layers so they are not stored in the Table of Contents but the under the data frame properties Annotation tab.

Right you are! posted by Aileen Buckley on Feb 15 2012 12:29PM
Right you are, Chris! I misread your original question. As you have discovered, you do not have full control over the draw order with map annotation, so we suggest that you use the Convert Graphics to Features function to convert the map anno to geodatabase anno, then you can use the tools for editing annotation to make the changes you need to make.

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