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How do I georeference a graphic so that when I zoom in or out,it scales just like a shapefile?

November 06 2007 | 0 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods

How do I georeference a Graphic (a rectangle, text, point, etc.) so that when I zoom in or out,
the graphic scales just like a shapefile?

Mapping Center Answer:

The default annotation group does not support this, but if you create a new annotation group (Draw toolbar, Drawing menu, top choice) you can edit it’s properties and set a reference scale. Creating that new annotation group will automatically make it the Active target, so any graphics you add will be stored in that group. Be careful about what you set the reference scale to; typically you should set it to be the same as your map.

Also, just to be clear that I understand the question, I assume you are adding graphics to your data frame in data view. If you are in layout view and want to add graphics that scale with your data, then first select the data frame, right-click on it, and choose “Focus Data Frame”. That will cause the data frame to be drawn with a diagonal dashed line. Any graphic you add by starting to draw inside the data frame’s bounds will be stored inside of, and scale with the data frame.

This help topic: http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/index.cfm?id=260&pid=259&topicname=An_overview_of_working_with_graphics should provide you with any details about how to do this.

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