I have a polyline layer with the labels placed offset with a leader line going to the middle of the polyline. Is there some way to have a leader line go from the end of the line to the label then back to the beginning of the line using maplex? It would be nice to have it automated because I am dealing with a rather large dataset.

  • Are you wanting to create something similar to a match line?
    – artwork21
    Jul 14, 2015 at 20:32
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    This is not possible with any MapPlex or Standard Label settings and there no built-in way to automate it. Duplicate overlapping labels is the only way to achieve the effect, but lines vary in length and the two labels will never overlap through automated placement rules if you manage to fix each leader to a different line end. An Annotation Feature Class, ArcObjects and an expert knowledge of Label manipulation coding would be required to make it at all automated. Code like that has never been posted on any forum I have seen. Jul 14, 2015 at 20:38
  • Thanks for the reply. I think we are going to go with an annotation layer and manually place everything. I've done a lot of reading and couldnt find anything.
    – ajd018
    Jul 15, 2015 at 1:21
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    An annotation can have only one leader line, even in ArcObjects, like Richard said you'd have to place two labels to get two leaders (or draw a line that looks like a leader). Jul 15, 2015 at 4:00
  • I think we'll just use another line shapefile for leader lines.
    – ajd018
    Jul 15, 2015 at 12:48

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As the commenters above have stated, it is not possible for a label to have two leader lines. The only possible workaround is to place two labels, but it is unlikely you could get them to place in the same position, unless you converted to annotation and moved them manually.

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