Label leaders should not cross

12-01-2016 12:18 AM
Status: Closed
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New Contributor III

As shown in the attached image, the label leaders cross. I'm using Maplex. A search of the forums and help does not offer instruction how to set Maplex to avoid this. 

If I use standard labeling, one label loses a leader but at least the positioning makes sense: 

Please ensure Maplex does not produce overlapping leaders. 


I would at least like an option to completely disallow the possibility of cross leader lines, in the same way that one currently has the option to remove duplicate labels and always place all labels.

From what I have read online there is currently no way to completely rule out crossed leader lines, only minimize their occurrence. Perhaps this is because it is, programmatically speaking, easier said than done? Even so, I think it makes a lot of sense, aesthetically and cartographically, and I would love to see it implemented in the future.


A do not cross leader option would be really handy.  I end up in situations where the feature being labeled is too small to fit the label at 4pt font, (i.e. minimum readable size when printed) key numbering is not acceptable for space & presentation reasons, so leaders are the solution.  But the engine (both standard and maplex) makes them cross leader lines with a vengeance, so convert to graphics and manually move them is what I end up doing.  It gets rather time consuming when there are a lot of labels and I think if only the program could automatically avoid crossing leaders.

Status changed to: Closed

@wilwaters @AlderMaps @KeithAddison1 

Hi all,

Leader lines should not cross like this.  With each release we include improvements to the Maplex label engine.  If you see this issue with crossing leader lines, please contact support with the data and we can look into resolving it.




I still have crossing leader line issues @WendyHarrison 




@hparis are you able to report this to Technical Support as Wendy suggested?