Problem: Unable to convert graphic text to an annotation feature class
Graphic text drawn on a map document can be converted to an annotation feature class using the Convert Graphics To Features command on the Draw toolbar. However, in some cases, attempting to use this command returns the following errors:
• "An error occurred when trying to save the object."
• "Unable to save graphics."
Graphic text cannot be saved as shapefiles outside of geodatabases. The geometry of graphics to be converted must match the geometry of output features. Text elements do not exist in shapefiles.
Solution or Workaround
Specify a geodatabase (.gdb) as the location of the output annotation feature class when converting graphic text. The instructions provided describe the steps to create and add an annotation feature class from graphic text in ArcMap.
- To activate the Draw toolbar, navigate to Customize > Toolbars > Draw.
- Using the Select Elements cursor on the Draw toolbar, select the graphic text.
- On the Draw toolbar, navigate to the Drawing menu > Convert Graphics To Features.
- In the Convert Graphics To Features window, specify the desired parameters, and click the browse folder icon under 'Output annotation feature class:'.
- Double-click the desired geodatabase.
- Specify the name of the output annotation feature class, and click Save.
- In the Convert Graphics To Features window, click OK.
- To add the annotation layer to the map document, select Yes when prompted.
- ArcGIS Help: An overview of working with graphics
- ArcGIS Help: About adding new text to a map
- ArcGIS Help: Understanding converting between graphics and features
- ArcGIS Help: Converting graphics into features
- ArcGIS Help: Essential annotation and graphic text concepts