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Edit annotation baselines

In the Modify Features pane, Vertices Edit Vertices can edit the nonvisible baseline that shapes a straight or a curved annotation feature. You can add, delete or move vertices, and change a segment to a line, a circular arc, or a Bézier curve.

This workflow can be useful when you need to perform detailed edits to the shape of an annotation feature, for example, to place it along the contour of a river or a mountain range. The steps are the same as editing a polyline feature.

Note:

To edit annotation features not created with ArcGIS Pro, upgrade the feature class. To learn more, see Upgrade dataset.

Edit vertices

To edit the baseline vertices for an annotation feature, select the feature with Active Select Active Select. Hover over a vertex until the pointer changes to the vertex pointer and drag the vertex, or right-click and use commands on the context menu.

Straight line annotation

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. Click Active Select Active Select, and select the annotation feature you want to edit.

    The selected features appear in a list and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

  5. 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.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily toggle snapping off.
  7. Hover over a vertex until the pointer changes to the vertex pointer and do one of the following:
    • Drag the vertex.
    • If the baseline is a Bézier curve, you can drag a control handle.
      Tip:

      Press and hold the Ctrl key to drag a control handle overlapping a vertex.

    • Right-click and use commands on the context menu.
      Context menu
    • One the editing toolbar, click the Delete Vertex Delete Vertex tool and click one or more vertices.
      Vertices toolbar
  8. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.

Edit segments

To edit the baseline segments for an annotation feature, select the feature with Active Select Active Select. Hover over a segment until the pointer changes to the segment pointer and drag the segment, or right-click and use the context menu to change the segment to a line, a circular arc, or a Bézier curve.

Bézier curve annotation

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Reshape and click Vertices Edit Vertices.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click the Features tab if Map Topology Map Topology is enabled.

    Feature editing mode is enabled.

  4. Click Active Select Active Select, and select the annotation feature you want to edit.

    The selected features appear in a list and the vertices toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

  5. 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.
  6. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily toggle snapping off.
  7. Hover over the segment until the pointer changes to the edit segment pointer and do one of the following:
    • Drag the segment.
    • Right-click and use commands on the context menu.
      Add Vertex
    • On the vertices toolbar, click Add Vertex Add Vertex, and click the segment..
      Vertices toolbar
  8. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish, or press the F2 key.