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Change annotation curvature

In the Modify Features pane, Annotation Edit Annotation includes commands on the context menu for changing the curvature of an existing annotation feature to horizontal, straight, or curved.

This workflow restores the baseline to the minimum number of vertices that define the selected curvature. This can be an efficient way to quickly simplify a baseline when you need to reshape it along a contour or a boundary.

For steps to edit an annotation baseline using Vertices Edit Vertices, see Edit annotation baselines.

Change the curvature

To change the curvature of an existing annotation feature, select the feature, right-click the text, and choose the curvature type.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Alignment and click Annotation Edit Annotation.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Select Annotation Select Annotation and select the annotation feature.

    The selected feature appears in a list and a selection boundary appears around the feature.

    Edit annotation

    The formatting toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Formatting toolbar
    Tip:

    To move the toolbar, hover over an edge until the pointer changes to the move pointer, and drag the toolbar to a new location.

  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it on the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. Right-click the text, hover over Curvature, and click one of the following curvature types:
    • Horizontal Horizontal Annotation—Changes curved annotation to horizontal annotation
    • Straight Straight Annotation—Changes curved annotation to straight annotation
    • Curved Curved Annotation—Changes horizontal or straight annotation to curved annotation
    Curved annotation
  6. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar


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