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I am using

((AxMapControl)myMap.AddShapeFile( directory, shapeFileName)

To display a shape file which has road data. Now the roads display properly, but the road names aren't displaying. How can I turn on the roads? I don't need exact instructions just point me in the right direction please. I'm sorry this is such a novice question. I'm using ArcEngine 2010 and C#.

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Create the layer symbology in ArcMap and save it as a *.lyr and load the shape file using the *.lyr file Sample_Save_a_layerfile. The benefit to do this using a lyr-file is that you can easily change it later on without changing the code. Take a look here if you want to do it in code: Working with labels and annotation

Just to display the attribute:

ILayer layer = axMapControl1.Map.get_Layer(0);
IGeoFeatureLayer geoLayer = layer as IGeoFeatureLayer;
geoLayer.DisplayAnnotation = true;
axMapControl1.Refresh(esriViewDrawPhase.esriViewAll, null, null);
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I just clicked "label features in this layer" , and saved and it worked, do you have any idea how to do this sequence programatically in ArcEngine? – patrick Oct 26 '10 at 14:32
Updated with resource on how to add labels using code. – MathiasWestin Oct 26 '10 at 15:52

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