Flip the text in Arcmap....

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08-07-2014 07:59 PM
MonyrothLy
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Excuse me sir.... in arcmap, it can rotate and flip graphic drawing like polygon or rectangle, however it cannot flip the text..... any solution to flip the texts....

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XanderBakker
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I suppose it is not possible to flip text, since it would compromise the readability of the text. Why would you want to do that?

XanderBakker
Esri Esteemed Contributor

You could create an image of the text and flip the image, although it does not make sense to me...

MonyrothLy
New Contributor III

I want to flip the text according to stream direction, so how to create image?

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OwenEarley
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Do you mean the feature labels?

To change the orientation of labels go right-click on your layer and select Properties then the Labels tab. There is a button Placement Properties:

placement-properties.png

The parallel or curved options should make the labels match the stream directions.

MonyrothLy
New Contributor III

thank for your reply i will try.

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OwenEarley
Regular Contributor

Check out these results when flipping features and text:

flip-text.png

As Xander says as soon as you flip text you end up with a mirror image that does not make much sense. The flip both example is the same as rotating text 180 degrees:

rotate-text.png

Generally, text that is upside-down (at any angle) becomes hard to read. Mirrored text is even harder to read.