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I am using ArcMap 10.1.

I rotated my data frame for a map, and the north arrow dutifully is rotated as well to show north. I've been told it's possible to annotate the degree rotation on the north arrow symbol itself, but I cannot find the option in map settings or symbol properties.

How can I annotate the degree rotation on a north arrow itself?

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You can add dynamic text that shows the rotation of the data frame. Just create a text box with the following dynamic text in it:

<dyn type="dataFrame" name="DataFrameName" property="rotation"/>

From ESRI help

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