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Eliminating repetitious labels

July 03 2009 | 0 comments
Categories: Labeling, Maplex


I am looking to eliminate several repetitious labels in the map I am working on. As far as I can see, there is no simple button or check box to hit in order eliminate repetitious labels, even with the Maplex extension, I can not see a simple way to do this.

My question is, first, is it possilble to eliminate all but one label labeled:
"MDF 100


Second, if it is possible, what sort of steps will this involve? Although I am not strong at writing code, my guess is that what I want to achieve may involve coding.

Thanks in advance...

Mapping Center Answer:

The easiest way to remove duplicate labels is to use the Maplex "Remove Duplicates" option on the "Conflict Resolution" tab that you will see when you click the Properties button on the Label Manager dialog box or the Placement Properties button on the Labels tab of the Layer Properties dialog box. This option removes duplicate labels that lie within a specified distance of each other. You can set this in map units or page units (millimeters, inches, or points.) I find that using page units is easier for me when I am setting the parameters of this Maplex option because I can more easily visualize the results when I am looking at my page layout.

To remove all but one label, use a SQL Query in Label Manager. Your query would be [the attribute field that contains the value you want to show] = [the value you want to show].  If you are having a hard time writing the right query, click the Help button to see the options. Note that you can copy and paste from the ArcGIS dialog help into the Query Builder to avoid mistakes and save time.

There is no coding required.

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