Change the reference scale and size for an existing annotation

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Instructions provided describe how to change the reference scale and size for an existing annotation.

In the Annotation tab (in ArcCatalog), the Change icon is grayed out if any of the following conditions are true:
The Change icon is grayed out.
- ArcMap is opened when trying to change the reference scale in ArcCatalog
- There is an active editing session
- The annotation is registered as versioned


  1. In ArcCatalog, change the annotation reference scale.
    1. Right-click the annotation feature class and select Properties.
    2. In the Feature Class Properties dialog box, click Annotation.
    3. Under Feature Class, for Reference Scale, click Change to change the reference scale.
The Feature Class Properties dialog box.
  1. In the Reference Scale dialog box, select or type the desired reference scale, and click OK.
The Reference Scale dialog box
  1. Click Apply > OK. Close ArcCatalog
If the ArcCatalog warning dialog box appears, click Yes.
The warning message.
  1. In ArcMap, change the annotation size.
    1. Add the annotation feature class using the Update Annotation Feature Class tool.
When executing the Update Annotation Feature Class tool, the following error message is returned if ArcCatalog is still active and open.
The error message is returned.
 To execute the tool without any error, close ArcCatalog.
  1. Start an editing session.
  2. Click the Annotation Edit tool to select all annotation.
  3. Right-click one of the annotation and select Attributes.
Edit the annotations
  1. In the Attributes pane, change the font size for each annotation and click Apply.
  2. Save and stop the editing session.

Article ID:000007340

  • ArcMap

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