Problem: Labeling performance is slow when map contains annotation


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When labeling layers in the map, it takes a long time to display them.


If there are annotation or graphics in the map, it is possible they are interpreted as obstructions to avoid while placing labels.

Solution or Workaround

Set the conflict detection weight = none for annotation groups in the map.

  1. Right-click the data frame, select Properties, then select the Labels tab.
  2. Click Conflict Detection Rules.
  3. Click the row for the Default Layer in the Feature Weight column, and select None from the drop-down list.