Using ArcGIS Pro 1.3.1 I have created a scale bar using the Scale Line 1 Metric template with a few modifications like:

  • Show one division before zero
  • Divisons: 11
  • Subdivisions: 10
  • Label Position: Below center

It appears as below:

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How can I increase the gap between the scale bar line and the units (KILOMETRES) label (circled above)?

I thought that it might have been the Offset Y value (circled in red below) that might do it but that has no effect when I change it from 0 to 5 (as a test) and appears to be a bug. I think it is a bug because altering Offset X moves the same label as expected.

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The same bug appears to affect the positioning of the Numbers on the scale bar too.

The bug is still present in ArcGIS Pro 2.0.

2 Answers 2


You seem to be using the right tool for the job. Try applying a negative offset value for the Offset Y; this should indeed move the label down. You can see that when entering the -10pt, the text in the preview panel to the down shows the text shifted down.

However, the scale bar label doesn't move down (I am on Pro 1.4). Sounds like a bug to me.

There are two options how this could be achieved:

  1. Quick fix if you want to move the Kilometers label just a bit down. Choose another vertical alignment:

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This will move the label down just a bit, but maybe it's good enough for you.

  1. If you need to move the text in a more precise manner, use this dirty hack.

a. Under the Shadow section, specify a negative value for the Y Offset. Choose the color of the text you'd like your labels to show with.

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b. Under the Appearance section, choose for the label color No color.

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The final scale bar would look like this:

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  • Your shadow hack workaround works for both Units and Numbers - thanks! It's a shame that its still broken in 2.0. I don't suppose that there is a bug number that you can include in your post so that we can track when it is fixed?
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 0:55
  • Glad it works! I don't have a bug number yet, but I have informed the right people about this ;) will post any updates I'll get! Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 6:49
  • I just logged it with local support here too.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 7:03

I logged this with support in Australia and once they reproduced it locally, and it was also reproduced in Redlands a bug number was issued.

The bug reference number is:

BUG-000107331: In ArcGIS Pro, 'Offset - Y' position setting under the Scale Bar - Units on 'Format Scale Line' pane does not honored when scale bar 'Label Position' is set to 'Below Center'.

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