I am trying to create a graticule for a map in ArcMap 10.7.1. When I create the graticule and hit "apply", the graticule does not display in layout view or when I export the map.

Steps to create the graticule:

  • View -> Data frame properties -> Grids
  • New Grid -> Graticule -> Labels Only -> 5 degree meridians / parallels
  • Etc.

Attempts to resolve:

  • Changing the Label Offset point value to at least half the Label Size (from here).
  • Defining a coordinate system for the data frame (from here).
  • Turn on grid (View -> Grid)

I have tried reducing intervals to minutes or seconds, but graticules are still not appearing.

  • There are no five-degree meridians or parallels at the extent of your layout?
    – GBG
    Feb 3, 2020 at 16:09
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    Try reducing your grid interval to minutes or even seconds, depending on the scale of your map. Feb 3, 2020 at 16:23
  • My map is a map of southeastern Canada, so it includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and parts of Maine (USA). I've tried reducing grid intervals to minutes or seconds, still not appearing.
    – cgxytf
    Feb 3, 2020 at 16:27
  • What coordinate system is the map using and what are you using for the graticule? Try 1° separation if you're setting it to a geographic coordinate system. As @GBG asked are the lines drawing? I would ignore/turn off the labels for now.
    – mkennedy
    Feb 3, 2020 at 21:19

2 Answers 2


I had this problem. I misunderstood and put numbers in the dec,degree,minutes boxes (where it asks you twice right on top of the other) and my graticules disappeared. When I went back and left decimal,degree,minutes as 0's, the grid popped back up.


My shapefiles had different coordinate systems. When I changed the coordinate systems of my shapefiles in ArcMap, I lost my graticules.

To fix this, I changed the coordinate system of the shapefile before dragging it into the map (i.e. changed coordinate system in catalog view). The graticule now displays in layout view.

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