I'm working with data driven pages and need to create a unique text element on every page.

Each text element you add to a data driven page gets added to every subsequent and previous page.

Is there a way around this?

The workaround I've been using is to create the unique note on each page using Bluebeam after the page has been printed which is obviously not ideal.

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You can create a field in your DDP extents feature class, something like "PageNote", and then add unique text for each extent polygon. You can leave the record blank if a particular page does not need notes.

Create a text box on your layout and paste the text:

<dyn type="page" property="PageNote"/> 

You can sub "PageNote" for whatever you name the field.

Esri help article on the topic here: http://support.esri.com/technical-article/000011568

  • This is a nice workaround. One problem with this is if you don't need a unique note on a page and leave the dynamic text field <null> it shows up as <EMPTY> on the data-driven-page. To fix this issue edit the dynamic text properties with the following script: <dyn type="page" property="YourFieldThatContainsTheNote" emptyStr=" " />. This will not show <EMPTY> on the page when have you a <null> field.
    – GIS_GOD
    May 11, 2017 at 22:28
  • Interesting! Just a note that the "<empty>" text will not show up when you export the map to PDF, so I have never looked into removing it.
    – geochai
    Jun 13, 2017 at 22:05

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