I have a line feature that needs to have a marker symbol at set distances along it. I want the markers to NOT rotate with the line orientation but can not find out how. I am working with arcmap 10,4

I created a new marker symbol in style manager like this. enter image description here

I then used symbol property editor to create a line symbol with a dashed line and marker line and marker line symbol.

This is the result I get. But I need the R labels to always be rotated to the same angle and correctly orientated to the data frame.

enter image description here

  • Flip 'bad' lines?
    – FelixIP
    Sep 26, 2017 at 11:45
  • Thank you for your input but unfortunately that will not work. This is only a small sample there are a lot more lines with all sorts of orientations and curve. The letters need to be facing the same way despite the line orientation.
    – AG4
    Sep 26, 2017 at 13:15
  • The line in the example is also not in two parts, it is one continua line and I do not know why the labels rotate all of a sudden.
    – AG4
    Sep 26, 2017 at 13:25
  • 1
    It might look like one line, bit most likely it is not. Select it in editing session and explode, using advanced editing toolset.
    – FelixIP
    Sep 26, 2017 at 13:44
  • 1
    Finally you defined 'correct' orientation. To do so you need to generate points on the line and label them, not line. You can use linear referencing for point generation. Alternatively search my answers, I remember posting a script for placing points at regular intervals.
    – FelixIP
    Sep 26, 2017 at 14:10

1 Answer 1


This does not appear to be an option in ArcMap but this is an option in ArcGIS Pro. There is an option there to choose placement properties of marker lines.

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.