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I am working with ArcGIS. In some areas of the map labels are shown twice or three times for the same name and the same area. I want to have one single label for each area.

  • Have you checked if duplicated labels are not caused by topology issues, e.g. overlapping polygons (same polygons on top of each other). – ChrisL Dec 8 '15 at 10:25
  • Also, have you checked that you don't have the same layer added in your Table of Contents more than once? It happens... – Fezter Dec 9 '15 at 1:58
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You should use the Maplex Label Engine (Customize --> Arcmap options --> Data View).

Then you can go to the Labels tab on your layer with labels, click Placement Properties. From there you can manage a number of different things, I can really recommend clicking around for a bit and see what you can do.

What you are looking for is in the Label density tab.

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You can even decide how far away two labels has to be in order to be considered as duplicates.

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  • Usually you can set-up it for each feature layer individual. See also the point Duplicate labels at Prioritizing and positioning labels – wittich Dec 8 '15 at 9:31
  • in addition you can detect duplicate and fix labelling directly in table to force just one label (exemple you create a label just for bigest entitie ...) – GeoStoneMarten Dec 8 '15 at 11:33

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