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Is there a way to make map elements into a layer in the layout that can be turned on/off.

October 22 2007 | 0 comments
Categories: Map Elements

IS THERE A WAY TO MAKE MAP ELEMENTS INTO A LAYER IN THE LAYOUT THAT CAN BE TURNED ON/OFF. WE
ARE CURRENTLY MOVING FROM MICROSTATION INTO ARC AND WE PRINT MAP BOOKS WITH INSERTS.
I AM TRYING TO CREATE THIS FOR DIFFERENT CLIENTS.

Mapping Center Answer:

The general answer is no, but... and this is a bit indirect, but that could accomplish what you need.

If the map elements are converted to graphics, you can copy them, and then paste them into a focused data frame (double-click the data frame to give it focus, it will draw with a diagonal hash outline). Before you do that set up a new annotation group (aka. graphics layer) in that data frame and make it the active annotation target (draw menu on the draw toolbar). Part of setting up the new annotation group is that you can assign it an “associated layer” which can be used to control it’s visibility (when you turn that layer off, the annotation group is turned off, and vice versa). The associated layer can be a layer that references an empty feature class, so it won’t otherwise draw anything.




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