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Convert annotation to multiple parts

In the Modify Features pane, Annotation Edit Annotation includes commands on the context menu for converting an existing annotation feature to a multiple part or a single part annotation feature.

Multiple part annotation displays words in a text string as a series of single-word elements you can edit and reposition. Spaces are used to determine each part. Conversely, converting an annotation feature to a single part annotation feature repositions the words as a single line of text.

This workflow can be useful when you need to move individual words contained in a text string across a feature, for example, along a river or a mountain range.

Convert to Multiple Parts

To convert an existing single part annotation feature to multiple parts, select the feature with Select Annotation Select Annotation, right-click the text, and click Convert to Multiple Parts Convert to Multiple Parts.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. 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 features appear in a list and a selection graphic appears around the feature. By default, the formatting toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Formatting toolbar

    When you hover over an edge of the toolbar, the pointer changes to the move pointer and you can drag the toolbar to a new location.

  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in 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, and click Convert to Multiple Parts Convert to Multiple Parts.

    Each word in the string appears in a separate selection graphic contained in a larger selection.

  6. Hover over a word until the pointer changes to the Move pointer, and drag the word to the new location.
  7. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar

Convert to single part

To convert an existing multiple part annotation feature back to a single part feature, right-click and click Convert to Single Part Convert to Single Part.