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FAQ: Why are some general text symbol properties grayed out for labels?

Question

Why are some general text symbol properties grayed out for labels?

Answer

The following text symbol properties are not used by ArcMap's standard label placement engine and are grayed out:

· Angle
· Vertical Alignment

See the links in the Related Information section for information on rotating labels for point features.

These options are available, however, when editing the properties of a graphic text element.

The Horizontal Alignment text symbol property is used by the standard label engine. However, the map only reflects changes to this setting if the text is multi-line or 'stacked'. Also, if the option 'Produce labels that follow the curve of the line' is checked, then the labels are always 'Left' aligned. If the Horizontal Alignment setting is changed, it is reset to 'Left' when the dialog box is reopened.

Horizontal Alignment is also grayed out when using the Maplex labeling engine. This is because the Maplex Placement options supercede the Horizontal Alignment.

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