enter image description hereI've created a strip index page for my map series in ArcGIS Pro using the Generate Rectangles Along Lines tool. My problem is that the horizontal labels do not rotate with the map frame on the layout. The labels always point towards the north, even though the north is not directed towards the top of the layout. Is there a way to fix this?

Edit: I added an image to clarify the situation. On the layouts (shaped like the blocks) the blue line is horizontal, which is what I want. However, I want the labels to be displayed in the same direction.

  • Out of curiousity: Why are your maps not aligned to the north? That's rather contra-inductive.
    – Erik
    Jan 2, 2019 at 9:02
  • The maps are oriented around a line, so for each map the line is displayed (almost) horizontally.
    – Toothless
    Jan 2, 2019 at 10:03
  • Have you added the Strip map index feature to the Data driven pages? There you can specify the angle, which should be a field in the strip map index feature, so that when you go to layout view the labels should also have the same direction.
    – birks
    Jan 2, 2019 at 10:52
  • In QGis there is the option free which orients the label accordingly to the polygons. Maybe Arc provides something similar. Though, I would place the number in a text field below the legend instead of somewhere on the map itself - thus it is more obvious.
    – Erik
    Jan 2, 2019 at 10:55
  • @birks As far as I know there is no strip map index feature in ArcGIS Pro. I did specify the angle when I created the map series, so the maps are rotated, but the labels don't rotate with the map unfortunately.
    – Toothless
    Jan 2, 2019 at 11:04

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In the Label Class properties, under "Position" tab, change the Orientation -> Graticule Alignment None (default) to Straight.

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