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Stack or unstack annotation

In the Modify Features pane, Annotation Edit Annotation includes commands on the context menu for stacking and unstacking a straight or a horizontal annotation feature. These commands are not available when you select curved annotation.

Stacking an annotation feature adds a line of text to the feature and moves one or more words to fill the new line. You can stack a feature until every word occupies a single line. Conversely, unstacking an annotation feature converts it to single line text.

This workflow can be useful when you need to reduce the width of an annotation feature and fit it inside a boundary feature or make room for other text on a map.

Stack text

To stack an existing annotation feature, select the feature using Select Annotation Select Annotation, right-click and click Stack Stack.

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

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand 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
    Tip:

    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. Right-click the feature, and click Stack Stack.
    • You can repeat this step until every word occupies a single line.

    A line is added to the feature and one or more words are moved to fill the new line.

  5. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar

Unstack text

To unstack an existing annotation feature, select the feature using Select Annotation Select Annotation, right-click and click Unstack Unstack.


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  1. Stack text
  2. Unstack text