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How To: Label selected features in ArcGIS Pro

Summary

In ArcGIS Pro, labels are used to describe features on the maps. The map below shows the labels of springs around Zion National Park in Utah.

Springs around Zion National Park

Sometimes it is necessary to highlight only the important or relevant springs in the area. This article describes how to label and display only selected features on the map.

Procedure

To label selected features in ArcGIS Pro, the labels must be converted to feature-linked annotations.

  1. In the Contents pane, right-click the desired feature layer and select Label.
Contents pane showing the label option
  1. Create a feature-linked annotation feature class for the feature layer. Refer to ArcGIS Pro: Create a new feature-linked annotation feature class for steps to complete this.
    1. As in step 10a, check the Link the annotation to the following feature class check box, and click the drop-down menu to select the feature class to link to the annotation, as shown in the image below:
Image of check box: Link the annotation to the following feature class
  1. On the Map tab, click Select to select the desired features. Refer to ArcGIS Pro: Select features for more information.
Image showing the select icon

The image below shows the selected features to be displayed on the map.

Image showing the selected features on the map
  1. Create annotations for the selected features.
    1. In the Contents pane, right-click the desired layer again, and click Selection > Annotate Selected Features.
Image showing the Annote Selected features option
  1. In the Annotate Selected Features geoprocessing dialog box, for Input Map, select Map.
Input Map
  1. For Input Features, browse to the desired feature layer.
Input Features option
  1. For Annotation Layers, select the feature-linked annotation feature layer created in Step 2.
Annotation layer
  1. Click Run to execute the tool.
Run icon

The image below shows labels for only selected features displayed on the map.

Labels for selected features

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