In ArcGIS Pro 1.3.1, I have just looked for the ability to start legend items in a new column.

This functionality is present in ArcMap's Legend Properties on the Items tab which appears below:

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Has anyone found the equivalent functionality in ArcGIS Pro, or know when it may be expected to appear?

It is not mentioned in the Work with a legend documentation.

Nor does it appear on the Element: Legend Item pane (see below)

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Using ArcGIS Pro 2.3.0, youu can select 'Legend Arrangement Options':

Legend Arrangement Options

Select 'Adjust Frame'.:

Adjust Frame

Then select the item from the legend that will go in a new column and return to the 'Element' settings, where a new option 'New Column' will have appeared. This functions like the 'Place item(s) in new column' setting in ArcMap:

New Column

  • This is the answer people are looking for
    – Nova
    Apr 22 '20 at 19:58
  • When you change the setting to "Adjust Frame" thought, it changed the size of my legend. I'm unable to maintain the size of my legend while just putting one feature in a new column. Seems like the functionality is close but not quite as good as ArcMap.
    – sparky
    Oct 22 '20 at 23:10

This can be done in ArcGIS Pro 1.4 and I believe this is available even in 1.3.1.

  1. Create a new legend.
  2. Open the Formal Legend panel.
  3. Click the Legend Arrangement Options button.

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  1. For Fitting Strategy, choose Adjust columns and font size. You can also specify the gap between columns under the Spacing section.

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Note: if you choose Adjust Columns as your Fitting Strategy, then your legend will always have a new column for each item. However, I haven't found a property to specify the number of columns for the legend. You could work around this by resizing the legend item to force it to have a certain number of columns.

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Your legend would look like this with the Adjust columns and font size strategy:

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Your legend would look like this with the Adjust columns strategy:

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  • thank you for your comments here. They definately put me in the the right direction. I will add though I did not end up using Adjust columns and font size to adjust the number columns. I used Adjust font size instead. It does allow you to specificy the number of columns you want, but not like ArcMap did where you could mark which item you wanted to be in a new column. I guess something is better than nothing though....
    – KitKat
    Feb 22 '19 at 17:42

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