Edit Post Labels

Post map and classed post map labels can be moved interactively so that labels do not overlap or so that labels appear in a more desirable location. To move labels, a post map or classed post map must have the Worksheet column on the Labels page set to a column other than None to use the Map Tools | Edit Layer | Layer Labels command.

Enter Edit Post Labels Mode

To enter the post map label edit mode, click on a post map or classed post map in the plot window or Contents window. Once the post map is selected, click the Map Tools | Edit Layer | Layer Labels command or the button. Alternatively, right-click on the selected map and click Edit Labels or the button. The cursor will change to a to indicate you are now in post label editing mode. The post map labels can now be individually moved.

Move Individual Post Labels

To move a label, enter the Edit Post Labels mode. Click once on the label you wish to move. Once the label is selected, hold down the left mouse button and drag the label to a new location. When the label is in the desired location, release the mouse button.

Labels can also be moved using the keyboard. To click on a label using the keyboard, hold down the ARROW keys until the cursor is above the label. Press and hold the SPACEBAR to select the label. Press the ARROW keys to move the label to a new location. When the label is in the desired location, release the SPACEBAR.

Exit Edit Post Labels Mode

To end post map label edit mode, press the ESC key or click the Map Tools | Edit Layer | Layer Labels command again.

Move Around the Plot Window in Edit Mode

If you are zoomed in on the post map, use the scroll bars to move to locations that appear off the screen. Alternatively, click and hold the scroll button of a mouse wheel to pan the plot window.

Custom Label Location and Changed Coordinate System

When either the source coordinate system or the target coordinate system changes, all post map label customizations are returned to the default location.

Reset Labels to Default

All labels in the post map can be reset to the default position. To reset the labels, click on the post map to select it. In the Properties window, click on the Labels tab. Change the Position relative to symbol to any position other than the currently selected position to reset the labels to the default locations. The Post Map Properties dialog message appears. Click Yes to restore all of the labels to the default positions.

The Post Map Properties warning message is displayed when you change the label Position relative to symbol after moving post map labels.

See Also

Post Map

Classed Post Map

Edit Contour Labels

Post Map Labels Page

Properties