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I am working on a large project where I am using the ArcMap 10 'distributed geodatabase' feature to check out a file geodatabase from our SDE file. I have tried several ways to avoid having to manually re-label the point features once I have checked out, but come up short every time.

I have saved the symobology to a layer file and can import that easily once checked out, but as far as the labels go, I cannot seem to easily import those. Is there any way to save the labeling with the layer, or is manually labeling the points through the properties menu the only way? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated and I will be happy to clarify if needed.

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I think I see your delimna.
I would try to get the lyr file and drag it in (even if with broken links).
Then change the source to the file gdb.
Rather manual.
I think the only workaround is to utilize representations in the db.
But I do not recommend that route.
I spent a lot of time trying to make reps work for my application and finally removed them.

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thanks Brad! I'll give that a shot. – Matt Apr 16 '13 at 20:14
update: it worked like a charm. Thanks! – Matt Apr 22 '13 at 16:08
@Matt - please mark this answer as accepted (click greyed out check mark under question votes) – Chad Cooper Jun 1 '13 at 13:13

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