Create a textbox on a map

01-11-2022 12:41 PM
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New Contributor II

I am struggling to add a textbox to my map. I am wanting to add about 5 textboxes outside the map that shows which rep covers what area depending on the color. Where is that found? Looks like I am missing the "Graphics and Text" toolbar under the insert? Can't find where to add it. 

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MVP Notable Contributor


Are you wanting to add the text as free text to a layout in order to print or export to a PDF? Or how are you wanting to add your text?

In the Layout, you go to the Insert tab and pick from the Graphics and Text options on how you want to add the text:


Also, take a look at this:


If you are still having questions on how to do this, you will likely first have to insert a Layout. This link will help with that, then you can follow the instructions above:


Esri Contributor

You could also use map graphics if you need the text in the map view not the layout view.  Learn more about map graphics here: