Frequently asked question

Can I use a layer (.lyr) file to create annotation?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


No, a layer (.lyr) file cannot be used to create map annotation or feature class annotation.

A layer file does not store the actual geographic data; it only references the source file.

To create annotation, use the source shapefile or feature class.

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