I have a shapefile that represents contours. Because I have clipped the contours to the map boundary they are broken in several places. Now that I have labeled the contours there are labels that are repeated for the same value, for example, the 0.1 contour interval is broken is several places and the label 0.1 is repeated. I would like to convert my labels to graphics so that I can delete the undesired labels.

How do I do this in ArcMap 10?

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  • Do you have Maplex? If so the duplicates may be handled dynamically. If not then @PolyGeo provided the solution below. Aug 23 '12 at 13:16
  • I do not have Maplex. Aug 23 '12 at 15:41
  • Once you are using 10.1 you will have access to Maplex which has become standard with all license levels of ArcGIS for Desktop: esri.com/software/arcgis/extensions/maplex
    – PolyGeo
    Aug 23 '12 at 22:25

I think you need to Convert Labels To Annotation.

Once they are annotations (which are like "graphics" for labels) you can select and delete any you want within an edit session.

  • Does it matter whether the annotation is stored in the database or the map? Aug 23 '12 at 15:40
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    Since you were looking for "graphics" then maybe storing them in the map would fit better. However, if you are already comfortable with geodatabases then that is the way I would go.
    – PolyGeo
    Aug 23 '12 at 22:22

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