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Im trying to prevent a mxd that has cluster of lables from overlapping these labels. What options do i need to select to ensure this?

  • Labels have a prefered offset with a 500% Max offset.
  • I have set the label buffer to 50% as a hard constraint.
  • Label position is set to best. (I have tried different location settings)
  • I need every label to be visible.
  • Turning labels to annotation is not an option as the mxd is used to view results of ground investigation.

I have also tried different variation of the settings listed above.

Example to the overlapping labels

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    Have you tried both standard and Maplex label Engines (Customize - ArcMap Options - Data view)? You have more options with Maplex than standard
    – Bera
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 9:50
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    Yes, i have tried both and currently set up with Maplex
    – Corky
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 11:20
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    There is a limit to what the software can do with high density labels. ESRI suggests in those cases that you use key numbering. desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/map/working-with-text/…. If you don't want to do that perhaps you can try different fitting strategy options.
    – John
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 13:47
  • @johns I think your comment has enough content to qualify as a brief answer.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 10:33
  • @PolyGeo i am unable to mark answer as accepted.
    – Corky
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 11:19

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As commented by @johns:

There is a limit to what the software can do with high density labels. ESRI suggests in those cases that you use key numbering. http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/map/working-with-text/key-numbering-about.htm. If you don't want to do that perhaps you can try different fitting strategy options.

Image from ArcGIS help on Key Numbering

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