I am using ArcMap 10.6.1.

I've been trying to play around with the Label Manager but can't seem to figure out a solution. I am trying to label line features in Data Driven Pages and for those lines that are along the border of my map, the label is being shown as half in / half out.

Is there a way to make sure the labels stay completely in the map area, or even completely out?

The picture below shows what I'm looking at.

Label is found within the poorly drawn red circle.  It's not entirely visible in the map.

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    Unless you are able to do this for one data frame without Data Driven Pages enabled, I think there is no chance of doing it with Data Driven Pages enabled. I don't recall ever having seen this done in ArcMap. However, I think I have in ArcGIS Pro, but I may not have had Map Series enabled at the time.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Feb 18, 2020 at 3:27
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    You can convert labels to annotation feature class in gdb. This will give you full control over every individual label. You can add a page number attribute to each label and only display labels for that page via page definition in the def query tab. Duplicate a label that spans two pages and assign relevant page number to each. So if a label has a page vaule of 2 they will only display when DDPs are on page 2 for example. Commented Feb 18, 2020 at 13:53

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On the Labeling toolbar for your map, go to Labeling Options, Maplex tab, and uncheck "Allow labels to overlap border". This is usually off by default in my experience, but I am pretty sure yours got checked on. I have never seen labels get cut off like you describe. Only annotation, database or map, does this normally.


If you have multiple pages in DDP, you will need to convert the labels to annotations and enable the "Page Definition" for the annotations (under layer properties > definition query > page definition). Only then you'll have full control over the labels location.

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