I have two label classes displaying dynamically over my parcel polygons. The owner info is the major label with larger font size and bellow it I am displaying some property type info in smaller font.

The problem is that the 2 label classes just will not display the way I want them to; Major label at the top, minor label just bellow it. I've used maplex and the regular labeling engine and played with the options but it just does not do what I want and the labels jump all over the parcels.

The only way that works is to export the labels into a feature linked annotation size then adjust the label positions manually. This is OK but i need to change the scale often on this map.

Can I write the label expression so that I can have 2 different fonts and sizes within one label? (Something similar to using text tags with text graphics)

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Yes! One can definitely set different font sizes for different fields within a single label. Please see this Link: http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#//00s800000027000000.htm

Look at the font attribute. You can set a particular size for the important part of the label and a smaller size for the less important part.

  • The text formatting tags section of that link quickly answers this question. +1 for that, and all of the additional, useful info. the link offers.
    – user3461
    Commented Oct 15, 2011 at 5:36

I should be reading the help more often...

Yes I can: "<FNT name='Arial' size='18'>" & [LABELFIELD] & "</FNT>"

  • how does that change the size? Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 13:14
  • It changes size where it says size = '18' Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 13:15
  • yes, u r correct; I put in the earlier comment before you put in the font tags. Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 13:16
  • affirmative @Devdatta. Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 13:17

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