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From what I can tell python cannot create new textElements nor GraphicElements. Yet, 10.1 seems to support the ability to at least create a clone, of a existing GraphicElements, but not create one from scratch.

Can someone confirm this? Does anyone know of any workaround to create a textElement from scratch?

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This is true. 10.0 cannot create or copy/clone graphic or text elements using the arcpy.mapping module. From what i have read on 10.1 - the clone option is available, but it is still not possible to create a graphic or text element from scratch. I guess we will have to continue dumping text and graphic elements in the layout view.

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