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In ArcMap 10.3, is there a way to convert only a single label in a shapefile to annotation? I have a shapefile of 41 points (labeled 1 to 41). I only have one label that needs to be moved slightly to clarify which point it is associated with and converting to annotation would then make it where I could not easily change the placement properties etc for the entire shapefile. So, was wondering if anyone knew a way to move only the one label?

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  • Shapefiles cannot contain Annotation, maybe you mean the annotation in an mxd.
    – klewis
    Dec 28, 2016 at 17:26
  • Converting the labels to annotation not the shapefiles. Just wanted to know if a single label could be converted as opposed to all labels associated with the shapefile
    – jaw485
    Dec 29, 2016 at 19:50

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If you want to convert a single label to annotation, you need to start with just a single label! Use the SQL query option to only show a label for a single feature, for example selecting by Object ID. Make sure all the other label classes are turned off, then convert to annotation in the usual way.

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After playing with the Labeling tool bar..."Use Maplex Label Engine" did the trick for that particular label.

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  • This does not sound right to me. Using Maplex vs Standard Label Engine might affect where a label and subsequent annotation is placed but not whether a single label can be converted into annotation.
    – PolyGeo
    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:28
  • @PolyGeo Using maplex moved that one particular label in a way that was satisfactory it obviously did not affect whether it could be converted to annotation. I would still be interested in doing that, but for that instance maplex was adequate. I should have been more clear in my earlier comment that maplex moved the label in a way that would do for the moment and that was all.
    – jaw485
    Jan 17, 2017 at 14:49

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