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Edit annotation text

In the Modify Features pane, Annotation Edit Annotation edits the text string inside a selection boundary for the selected annotation feature. The context menu includes additional commands to reposition the entire feature or part of the feature by line or individual word elements.

This workflow can be useful when your edits don't require the attributes pane. The annotation selection tool selects only annotation features and excludes other feature types from the selection set.

Edit the text string

When you edit an annotation feature, you can click and drag the pointer to select all or part of the text string, and use the formatting toolbar to change the font type, style, and size of the text.

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

    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 in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. Click the text in the selection boundary and drag the pointer to select all or part of the text string.
  6. Edit the text string using the following methods:
    • Press the Backspace key to delete all or part of the text string.
    • Use the formatting toolbar to change the font type, style, and size of the text.
  7. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar

Keyboard shortcuts

When you select a text string by dragging the pointer across it, you can use the keyboard shortcuts in the following table to format the text.

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

Crtl + U

Underline

Inserts in-line text formatting tags <UND>the selected text string</UND>.

Crtl + Shift + A

All Caps

Inserts in-line text formatting tags <ACP>the selected text string</ACP>.

Ctrl + Shift + K

Small case

Inserts in-line text formatting tags <SCP>the selected text string</SCP>.

Ctrl + Shift + "+"

Superscript

Inserts in-line text formatting tags <SUP>the selected text string</SUP>.

Ctrl + =

Subscript

Inserts in-line text formatting tags <SUB>the selected text string</SUB>.

Keyboard shortcuts for formatting text

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  1. Edit the text string