Reshape annotation baseline geometry

The Vertices tool Edit Vertices allows you to edit the nonvisible baseline that shapes an annotation feature. The workflow is the same as editing vertices. This tool is available in the Modify Features pane.

When you edit annotation baseline vertices, consider the following:

  • To add a vertex or change a segment type, right-click a selected baseline segment and choose the corresponding command.
  • Additional vertex commands are available on the Vertices toolbar when you select an annotation feature.
    Vertices toolbar

To reshape an annotation feature, complete the following steps:

  1. Add your data and configure settings for editing.

    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.


    To migrate annotation features from ArcMap, create a backup and upgrade the feature class. Similarly, you might need to upgrade annotation created in older versions of ArcGIS Pro. To learn more, see Manage annotation feature classes.

  2. On the ribbon Edit tab, click Modify in the Features group.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  3. Click the Vertices tool Edit Vertices.

    To find the tool, expand Reshape, or type Vertices in the Search text box.

  4. Click the Change the selection tool Active Select in the tool pane and select the annotation feature.

    If you select more than one feature, reselect the feature. Alternatively, click the feature in the pane selection view to flash it in the map, right-click, and click Only Select This List By Selection.


    If Map Topology is enabled, click the Features tab to show the feature selection tool.

    The Features and Edges tabs are not required to complete this workflow. These tabs are available only when map topology or a geodatabase topology is enabled so that you can switch between editing feature vertices and topological edges and nodes.

    Features and Edges tabs

    The baseline geometry highlights on the map as a dashed line with vertex handles.

    Straight-line annotation

    Project settings symbolize the first vertex green and the last vertex red.

  5. Hover the pointer over the segment. When the pointer changes to the segment cursor Segment cursor, right-click the segment, and click one of the following commands:

    Add Vertex Add Vertex

    Add a vertex to the segment near the pointer.

    Change Segment

    Change the segment to a line, a circular arc, or a Bezier curve.

  6. To move a vertex, hover the pointer over the vertex. When the pointer changes to the directional cursor Directional cursor, drag the vertex to the new location.

    To shape a Bézier curve, drag a control handle with the pointer in the same way you move a vertex. The length of the tangent lines and the position of the control points determine the shape of the curve.

    Bézier curve annotation

  7. To finish the feature, click Finish Finish on the vertices toolbar, or press the F2 key.

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