Being in Australia I like to see the spelling of "Kilometres" used on my maps in preference to "Kilometers".

In ArcGIS Pro 1.0 I have not been able to find an option to change the text used for units and so my scale bar looks as below.

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I have looked at the Element Properties for the Scale Bar and was hoping that setting Region and language to English (Australian) might do it but it did not.

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Does anyone know how to set a spelling of "Kilometres" on an ArcGIS Pro scale bar?

  • Select>Ungroup>lowest level convert to graphics the text should be able to be edited. Converting map elements to graphics geonet.esri.com/thread/121347 – Mapperz Mar 3 '15 at 1:03
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    @Mapperz That should be a viable workaround but my first attempt at doing it led to my first encounter with a Serious Application Error from ArcGIS Pro 1.0. I am hoping that making this configurable rather that necessitating conversion to graphics will get serious consideration for non-US users. – PolyGeo Mar 3 '15 at 1:39
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    +1 PolyGeo. I'm so used to changing the text on the scale bar to be spelt correctly (for Au/NZ/GB) I'm surprised that this configuablity hasn't been maintained. Theoretically it's not wrong to have the American spelling, however the snide remarks that we get on the figures/maps I could do without. Ungrouping the scale bar makes it no longer 'live' so if you need to just zoom in a bit as I'm so frequently asked it would be necessary to delete the remnants of the scale bar and replace it - and if I forget.... – Michael Stimson Mar 3 '15 at 2:10
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    @MichaelMiles-Stimson I was really hoping that this ArcGIS Idea might have been implemented in ArcGIS Pro. Perhaps I placed it too low in a list I wrote up a couple of years back :-) – PolyGeo Mar 3 '15 at 2:43
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    We will use Twitter power twitter.com/mapperz/status/572834630111518720 – Mapperz Mar 3 '15 at 19:04

You can modify the scale bar after you've inserted it.

Remember that the Ribbon options are based on whats highlighted/clicked/active. After you've clicked the scale bar, use the SCALE BAR TOOLS > DESIGN menu to modify the label

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ESRI answered (via twitter)

Options>Units> Highlight Name and Change to the correct spelling.

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source: https://twitter.com/Esri/status/572928068475478017

  • I had overlooked that place to change settings which looks like it should work BUT my testing so far has still failed to result in Kilometres on my maps. The INSERT | Scale Bar is sometimes failing to place scale bars at all so I'll try and simplify my tests to see if I can see it work elsewhere. – PolyGeo Mar 4 '15 at 2:16
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    I'm going to have to downvote this because I am yet to see the Distance Units (Kilometres) set in the Project Options appear in a Scale Bar element on a Layout. My test was to create a new blank project, go to Project Options and set Distance Units to Kilometre and Kilometres, Insert a new basemap, add a shapefile into that, insert a Layout and place that map on it, save my project, insert a Scale Bar that uses units Kilometers (expecting to see Kilometres once placed) but it still reads Kilometers. – PolyGeo Mar 4 '15 at 3:38

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