I'm writing Python code for ArcGIS using the arcpy library and now I'm experiencing a little problem with labels. In fact I'm not able to rotate them in layout via arcpy (I should rotate all labels of 90 degrees). I found a way to display correct field, round the number, but not to position the label correctly.

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    you can fill a field containing the angle of rotation using arcpy, then make a maplex rule to rotate using that field resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//…
    – geogeek
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 15:16
  • Hi @geogeek , thank you for answering. How can I build a maplex rule for my code? I tried to find something about it.. but I couldn't find anything about the syntax to use.. thanks once again! Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 15:36
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    As a workaround you could try rotating the labels of your layer and save that as a layer file, then when you need rotated labels for that layer use AddLayer to add the layer file.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 3:01
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    I just looked at ArcGIS Ideas to see if anyone had already asked for this but no luck. You may want to add a new ArcGIS Idea and post a link here so we can add votes to it.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 3:15
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    if you have some experience in arcobjects , you can bring arcobjects functions using Ctypes pierssen.com/arcgis10/upload/python/extend_python.pdf
    – geogeek
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 14:49

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if it's possible for example to copy the label style from an external file?

you should be able to just use Save As Layer File to create your *.lyr with rotated labels.

The *.lyr file can be added into your map using arcpy.mapping.AddLayer and then use arcpy.mapping.replaceDataSource to change that layer's source to the dataset whose labels you want to see rotated.


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