This is the first time I've tried using multiple data frames in layout view of ArcMap 10.3.1.

I'm trying to label some counties, but the label placement options menu in this additional data frame is different with many, many fewer options than in the original data frame. I want to do a boundary placement in the new data frame, but there are zero options for doing so. What is happening here? I can't seem to find any info on here or through googling it.

This is the menu I get in the original data frame:

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This is the one I get with the new data frame: enter image description here


Turn on the "Labeling" toolbar. Check the box beside 'Use Maplex Label Engine', then you will get the first Placement Properties dialog box.

Also as PolyGeo mentioned, you can turn on Maplex in the Data Frame Properties. enter image description here

There is an option to have Maplex labelling on by default. Customize, ArcMap Options, Data View, Default Labeling Properties, Label Engine --> Standard Label Engine -or- Maplex Label Engine.

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    You can also set the labelling engine from the Data Frame Properties by using the data frame's context menu.
    – PolyGeo
    May 3 '18 at 0:22
  • Much appreciated, everyone! I had tried selecting the Maplex engine through ArcMap Properties, but it looks like I needed to do it through the Data Frame Properties. It's working now.
    – Mike S.
    May 4 '18 at 15:00

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