How would I label polygon features, such as Counties, by its edge in ArcMap 10.1?

This is similar to what one might find in a street atlas.

For instance, have there are two counties (Lamb and Castro), at the same spot I want the labels to be inside along the boundary in the respective counties.

  • Can you post an image of the effect you want?
    – R.K.
    Sep 16 '12 at 12:49
  • Did the Answer below work for you?
    – PolyGeo
    Sep 21 '12 at 3:00

At 10.1,

The Maplex for ArcGIS extension functionality has been moved into the core ArcGIS for Desktop product and is referred to as the Maplex Label Engine.

so getting the effect you want is easy.

On the Data Frame Properties change Label Engine from Standard label Engine to Maplex Label Engine.

On the Layer Properties go to the Labels tab, open the Placement Properties and under General change Regular Placement to Boundary Placement.


For ArcGIS 10.0:



1. Click the Label Manager button Label Manager on the Labeling toolbar.
2. Check the check box next to the layer you want to label.
3. Choose a label class under the layer.
4. Click the Properties button.
5. Click the Label Position tab.
6. Choose River Placement from the drop-down list.
   The label position can change when you choose the River Placement style. This is because there are two placement positions for contour features: Curved and Offset Curved.
7. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.

TipTip: You can also open the Placement Properties dialog box by clicking the Placement Properties button on the Labels tab of the Layer Properties dialog box for the layer you want to label.

source: http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#//003s00000026000000.htm

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