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I have map points for schools in a district. I want to label the map ID and the name of the school on the map. I have the map ID labeled within the point symbol but I want the school name outside of that. Is this possible without manually putting in a text box for the school name? Using ArcMap 10

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in which software? – iant Jan 16 '13 at 16:55
I am using ArcMap 10 – Bart Jan 16 '13 at 17:02

You could use an Expression for the label and insert new line characters to create a stacked label. "Map Id: " & [MapID] & vbCrLf & "Name: " & [SchoolName]


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I've done similar by having multiple instances of the layer. Add the point layer twice, and have one instance with the mapID label, the other with the school name label.

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Thanks...that was a simple solution – Bart Jan 16 '13 at 17:06
@Bart mark this as an answer then – Brad Nesom Jan 16 '13 at 17:47
This works, but can lead to a long table of contents with unnecessarily-duplicated layers. Brad Nesom's and KevinMayall's answers aren't difficult to implement, and prevent the layer duplication. – user3461 Jan 16 '13 at 18:33

another method (without having 2 layers) is to "define classes of features and label each class differently"
just set up the style for your first label.
Then hit add.
It will duplicate that style. (you can then change it to whaterver you want).

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I tried this and found some inconsistent labelling. Some points had stacked labels and sometimes the two labels were side by side (appearing concatenated). – KevinMayall Jan 16 '13 at 20:56
@KevinMayall, you may have to play with placement options... more an art than science, TBH. – blah238 Jan 16 '13 at 21:07
I use it most often with a box label offset by 20 points or such, then the other label may be no box bold with no offset. you are right play with it – Brad Nesom Jan 16 '13 at 22:18

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