I have a legend created in ArcMap 10.1 which appears to be generating an abnormal white gap to the right of the legend content.

How can I remove this?

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On the third screen of the legend wizard you have the option to assign the gap that you want between the frame and the object in the legend (this also applied to neatlines). Adjust that until it looks right. enter image description here

I too also convert features to graphics, but this is the very last thing I do on a map; it is no longer tied to the map features and if you change something it has to be done all over again.

  • This did not solve the problem. I ended up having to convert the features to graphics, ungroup the features, and finally compress the size of the gap. – treystaff Jun 14 '13 at 22:26

I would recommend converting your legend to graphics. This will allow you to make edits to all elements - I find it especially useful when encountering artifacts in raster legends. Note - make sure your map is finalized before converting because it will no longer dynamically update with label/color changes.


Once you have converted your legend to graphics you can Ungroup the elements by right-clicking and make edits to each part individually using the Graphics toolbar.

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  • This was the solution I ended up having to use. Note that I had to ungroup the elements once for the whole legend, then select the portion of the legend that had the gap and ungroup it again (part of the scale bar was included) before sizing down the gap. – treystaff Jun 14 '13 at 22:28

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