I have turned on the labels over a map of the United States, and I have to select several spatial features (ten U.S. states). When I select the states, the labels disappear under the fill color (which I cannot change). I know this is simple, but I am very new to this and cannot think of a solution. I have already tried several things.

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    What software are you using? – Devdatta Tengshe Sep 6 '13 at 7:01
  • ArcMap 10.1. I thought that the site was specific to that; my mistake. I found this in a hurry and must not have read carefully enough. – Undead Magellan Sep 6 '13 at 20:06
  • I'm not sure why the selection is disabling the labeling, but you try changing the selection symbol: support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/29435 – Devdatta Tengshe Sep 7 '13 at 5:45
  • Would you be able to list your precise steps because I have not been able to reproduce what you describe? – PolyGeo Sep 9 '13 at 8:46

I believe a work around is to export the 10 states, add them to the top of table of contents, and set up the desired symbology and label.

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