I think this might be a simple question to answer, but I'm not sure how to do it. I turned off all the layers in my .mxd file, and I still have text that shows up on the screen. I don't know if I accidentally added this or something, but I don't know how to get rid of it. enter image description here

  • Please add a picture of the table of contents and text that appears on your screen. It is unclear what the problem without it...
    – dof1985
    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:14

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I'm guessing this is a text element or annotation. Use the select tool (black arrow), draw a box around it or click on it, and hit the delete button on your keyboard.

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    You could open a new, blank mxd and add the layers to that.
    – recurvata
    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:22

You can try clicking the 'Refresh' button near the bottom of the map window, also see the comments for the selected answer of this question, seem like the text box may be a work around if the above doesn't work.

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