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Label features

Note:

This tool is available only for ArcGIS feature layers or layers created using Excel data.

Maps can display large amounts of geographic data in layers that generally overlap. The way you draw your layers helps to describe and identify features, but sometimes you need more than just a particular symbol or color to convey what you want to say with your map. This is when labeling features can help. Labels are short pieces of text that describe features in a layer and help your audience understand the features. The text for a label is derived from the layer attributes; select the attribute you want to show—for example, the name or type of feature.

When you enable labels on a layer, ArcGIS Maps for Office automatically places labels on the map on or near the features they describe. You can control the text size, color, and style to help differentiate labels from different layers. You can also specify the zoom levels at which the labels are visible on the map.

Enable labels

To enable labels on a layer, do the following:

  1. Choose the layer that you want to modify: hover over the right side of the desired layer card to display its tools and click the Layer options button Layer options.
    Layer options pane
  2. In the layer options pane, move the Labels toggle button Toggle on to the right.

    The toggle button turns green to indicate that the feature is enabled. Labels appear on the map using the default settings.

  3. To turn off labels for the layer, move the toggle button Toggle off to the left.

    The toggle button turns white to indicate the feature is off.

Configure labels

To configure label options, do the following:

  1. Choose the layer that you want to modify: hover over the right side of the desired layer card to display its tools and click the Layer options button Layer options.
    Layer options pane
  2. In the layer options pane, click the Configuration button Layer options next to Labels.

    The label configuration pane opens.

  3. If labels are not already enabled for the layer, move the toggle Toggle on to the right to turn on layer display.
  4. To specify the label text, click the Text drop-down menu and choose the attribute you want to use as the label.
  5. Do any of the following to specify how to display the labels:
    • Adjust the size, color, and style of the text.
    • Check the check box to add a halo outline around the text and choose the width and color of the halo.
    • Choose how to align the label relative to the feature.
  6. Adjust the visibility of the labels at different zoom levels.

    To set the maximum and minimum zoom levels for label visibility, drag one or both handles on the Visible range slider. Words such as Country, City, and Building can assist you in choosing the best zoom levels. If you want to set a more precise scale, click the drop-down menu next to the scale labels and type a representative fraction or choose a predefined zoom level.

    The map automatically updates to reflect the new label settings.

  7. Click Back to layer options Back to layer options to return to the layer options pane or click Close Close to close the pane and display the map.