I am drawing a polygon with the drawing function within ArcGIS 10.1. Is there a way to snap orthographically at 90 degrees while using the polygon draw command.enter image description here

I added a picture of what i would like to do but as you can see the callout is not drawn at 90 degrees.

  • could you please illustrate what you need or explain why the existing tools (e.g. ctrl+E or deflection) do not help ?
    – radouxju
    Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 14:00

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I think you want to try using a balloon call out for a text box if you are not editing a feature then. It is nicely hidden below a couple of menus but is pretty useful:

Once you have drawn the rectangle open the properties, select 'edit symbol' and follow the buttons in the image below to turn on the 'Balloon Callout'. When you've finished editing you can position the text box and the start of the callout on your figure as needed.

Balloon callout


  • +1, this is a simpler solution than manually drawing the callout (and worrying about orthogonality)
    – Erica
    Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 14:48

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