I am wondering if it is possible to create scaled labels so that at a certain zoom level only one label appears but when you zoom in closer more labels appear for different fields.

I have this VBScript expression to allow for multiple fields to appear in labels (This is what I would like to see at a zoomed in level e.g at 1:10,000 (my layer consists of large polygons fyi))

Function FindLabel ( [Name], [Kvalue], [Pvalue], [LimeRequirement], [PHvalue] ) FindLabel = "Plot Name: " & [Name]&vbnewline & "K Value: " & [Kvalue]&vbnewline & "P Value: " & [Pvalue]&vbnewline & "Lime Requirement: " & [LimeRequirement]&vbnewline & "pH : " & [PHvalue] End Function

Output of expression:

Plot Name: Balally Park

K Value: 1.76

P Value: 5.97

Lime Requirement: 4.37

pH : 5

At a zoomed out level (from 1:500,000 to 1:10,000) I would just like Plot name and K value.

Is there a way of doing this without creating copies of the layer and setting scales on the layer itself?

  • Duplicate of gis.stackexchange.com/questions/74642 but I like the wording and example here better so I'm not flagging it as such. Also related to gis.stackexchange.com/questions/100155 but note that is actually a different question. The currently upvoted answer duplicates the answer here but is incorrect in actually addressing that particular question (which is about maintaining a label size at changing scales).
    – Chris W
    Commented May 14, 2015 at 21:35

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In Arc 10.3 you can access the Maplex Labeling Engine which gives you much more control over labels.

In the image below showing a layer properties you can select: define classes of features and label each class differently

You can then set a scale range for each grouping, so for example you'd set the range to 1:500,000 to 1:10,000 and put you vb script to just show Name and K value in the Expression tab. Then for your second group set the scale to >1:500,000 and add all of the VB script above.

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  • Thank you very much! That was very simple but was not documented anywhere I looked!
    – Rob
    Commented May 14, 2015 at 14:52
  • @RobO'Loughlin (and MAJ742), it is true Maplex gives much greater placement control over labels, but it is not required to use label classes - you can create them with the standard labeling engine as well.
    – Chris W
    Commented May 14, 2015 at 21:29

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