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Change labeling expression/parameters after conversion to annotation?

Question asked by RenoGregory on Mar 2, 2020
Latest reply on Mar 4, 2020 by RenoGregory

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Hello, I would like to know if there's any way to change labeling parameters after you convert labels to an annotation. Is there any way for the annotations to remain linked to the label expression and parameters as set in the Properties>Labeling tab?

 

I am currently using ArcMap 10.4

 

Typically, the only reason I convert labels to an annotation is for better placement. After conversion to annotations, the only change I make is manually moving them around in layout view. Many projects I work on often will have simple updates or revisions of what we want fields to label, or simple text/font/color formatting. For example our original label might be "ID," and new label is "ID & elevation." Another example is we often make multiple map figures of the same location, but display different parameters for each figure. So map 1's labels are "ID & FieldA", map 2 is "ID & FieldB", ... etc.

 

With normal annotations, there's no way to "bulk update" the labels that they came from. I have to delete the entire annotation layer, make new labels with the new expression, convert them again, and move them all around again just to update them. There's got to be a better way to do this. Is there any way for them to remain linked to the label expression and parameters as set in the Properties>Labeling tab?

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