Labels do not rotate when the data frame is rotated

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Rotating the data frame in ArcMap using the tools from the Data Frame Tools toolbar does not rotate the labels in the data frame.


This is a known limitation.

Solution or Workaround

Use one of the options provided below to solve the issue.

Option A
    1. Close any ArcMap and ArcCatalog sessions.
    2. Open the ArcMap Advanced Settings utility file from the ArcGIS for Desktop installation folder.

This file is usually located in the following location:

C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.3\Utilities


• ArcGIS 9.x users can find this file at:

C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Utilities\AdvancedArcMapSettings.exe

• ArcGIS 8.x users can find this file at:


    3. Select the Symbols/Graphics tab, and check the 'Rotate labels with data frame rotation' check box in the Label annotation section.

    4. Click Apply and Close.

Option B
    1. In ArcMap, activate the Labeling toolbar by navigating to Customize > Toolbars > Labeling.
    2. Activate the Maplex Label Engine by clicking the Labeling drop-down arrow > Use Maplex Label Engine.
    3. Click the Labeling drop-down arrow > Options.
    4. Open the General tab, and check the 'Rotate point and polygon labels when data frame is rotated' check box in the Data Frame Rotation section, and click OK.

Article ID:000006192

  • ArcMap

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