Is it possible to use ArcMap dynamic text in one layout text element that references another layout text element? Essentially I want to just type something in one text element, and then that text to be automatically copied into the other text element.

So far I have come up with this tag:

<dyn "type="document" name="VERSION"/>

where "VERSION" is the name of the text element I want to reference. I have also tried:

<dyn type="layout" name="VERSION"/>

Both outputs are "[empty]".

The closest ESRI help page on the topic I could find was this one: http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/help/layouts/add-and-modify-dynamic-text.htm

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I think the short answer is no you cannot reference text from another text element. You can achieve this affect with a fudge if you don't use a particular mxd property.

Go to File > Map Document Properties and place some text you want to see in your text elements. I've placed it in Description.

Map Document Properties

Insert 2 text elements onto your layout and for the text properties place the code <dyn type="document" property="description"/> with what ever other text you desire.


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