I work with several maps (in folder named "aa") and the text boxes in the layout view are:

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I try to delete,using Arcpy, the empty line in the this text properties box

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so my result will be one line only:

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By the way, i have also an empty line in this text box:

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this is my python code:

import arcpy
from arcpy import env

env.workspace = r"G:\desktop\Project\aa"
for mxdname in arcpy.ListFiles("*.mxd"):
    print mxdname
    mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument(r"G:\desktop\Project\aa\\" + mxdname)
    for elm in arcpy.mapping.ListLayoutElements(mxd, "TEXT_ELEMENT"):
        elm.text = elm.text.replace(' ', 'free zn space')
    print 'done'
del mxd

but there no changes in the maps and i get this result:

  • The is a extra backslash in your mxd variable. And what if you add a print statement within the for loop?
    – GISGe
    Oct 13, 2016 at 9:21

1 Answer 1


What is the name of the text element?

The script you have written does not identify what element needs changing.

I would insert this line to find out what the element names are:

for elm in arcpy.mapping.ListLayoutElements(mxd, "TEXT_ELEMENT"):
    print elm.name

Then I would use that to identify which element needs the changing, and then use:

for elm in arcpy.mapping.ListLayoutElements(mxd, "TEXT_ELEMENT"):
    if elm.name == inset_element_name:
        elm.text == elm.text.strip.lstrip()

Please see python text formatting to find out more on how to remove the blank spaces.

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