The Attributes tab appears in the Attributes pane when you select an annotation feature. On this tab, you can edit any editable symbol display properties, including the attribute that defines the text string that displays in maps. This pane is available on the ribbon Edit tab, in the Selection group.
When you edit annotation symbol attributes, consider the following:
- The text string property for feature-linked annotation is overwritten when the attribute field on the feature to which it is linked is modified. For this reason, it is recommended that you modify the attribute directly on the origin feature, for example, a linked line feature.
- To manage annotation feature class properties, right-click the feature class in the Catalog pane, and click Annotation Feature Class Properties . You define these properties when you create an annotation feature class.
- Changing an annotation symbol or its display properties can change the SymbolID attribute field value.
When the SymbolID field value is -1, the feature is not referencing a text symbol and all symbol properties are stored in line with the feature. This increases storage requirements and can degrade display and query performance for the annotation layer.
To change the text string or editable symbol attributes, complete the following steps:
- Add the data and configure the editing settings.
Confirm that the feature layer you are editing is editable, the coordinate system assigned to the active map is suitable for the type of edits you're performing, and snapping is configured to help you work efficiently and accurately.
- On the ribbon Edit tab, click Attributes in the Selection group.
The Attributes pane appears.
- Click the Select tool and select the annotation feature.
The selection list appears in the pane.
To filter the selection, right-click a feature in the pane selection tree view, and click Unselect or Only Select This .
- Click the Attributes tab.
- Click the feature in the selection tree view whose attributes you are editing.
To edit a field that is common to several features, press the Ctrl key while clicking the features in the selection tree view.
The attributes for the selected feature appear on the Attributes tab.
- To edit the text string that displays as text in a map, click the TextString field and type the text.
- To edit editable symbol display properties, click the corresponding field and type the value.
When an annotation feature class is configured to always maintain its connection to a text symbol, editable attributes include the following:
The text string for the feature
The name of the font, for example, Arial
The name of the font style, for example, Regular
The size of the font
Specifies whether the text is underlined—true or false
Specifies the vertical alignment of the text—top, center, baseline, or bottom
Specifies the horizontal alignment of the text—left, right, center, or full
Shifts the text position right or left
Shifts the text position up or down
Rotates the text angle
Adjusts the spacing between lines
Adjusts the spacing between words
Adjusts the character width
Adjusts the spacing between characters
Adjusts the angle at which point rotated text is flipped in place
- To apply the changes, press Enter or click another field.
If Auto Apply is not checked, click the Apply button.
Field color codes
If a field or a field border is highlighted or shaded, the color indicates a specific status or how the field value is defined. The color codes are described in the following table:
Symbolizes the layer.
The Highlight property is enabled in the Fields view.
The field is read-only and can't be edited.
The field is not using the geodatabase default value.
The field is using the geodatabase default value.
The field value is an invalid entry for the optional contingent values assigned to the field.
The field value is an invalid entry for one of the possible reasons: