You can add graphics, text, and pictures to create a complete layout.
These instructions are for adding graphics to a layout. To add graphics to a map, see Add a graphics layer to a map.
To add graphics, text, or pictures to your layout, choose an element from the Graphics and Text gallery on the Insert tab. The following elements are available:
Text in a rectangle. Rectangle text preserves the set font size and automatically wraps long text to new lines.
Text in a polygon shape you draw. Polygon text preserves the set font size and automatically wraps long text to new lines.
Text in a straight line. The font size automatically increases or decreases as the element is resized. Set line breaks in the text are honored, but text does not wrap to new lines.
Text on a curved line. Curved text preserves the set font size. Line breaks and word wrapping are not supported.
Text in a circle. Circle text preserves the set font size and automatically wraps long text to new lines.
Text in an ellipse. Ellipse text preserves the set font size and automatically wraps long text to new lines.
A picture. Selecting this element opens the Insert Picture window, where you can browse to a picture file. Click to add the picture at its original size, or draw a rectangle to set the picture size. Once a picture has been added, you can set its transparency on the Format tab.
After a picture has been added, it is stored with the project and loses the connection to the original image file. If the source picture file is updated, all projects using that picture file must be manually updated to see the change.
Dynamic pictures are available for spatial map series. See Spatial map series and dynamic elements for more information.
A line made of straight segments.
A curved line created by drawing a Bezier curve.
A line created by a freehand sketch.
A curved line created by drawing three points.
A graphic point symbol.
A graphic rectangle.
A graphic polygon created by drawing connected line segments.
A graphic circle. When you draw the circle, click where you want the center to be and drag to size the circle.
A graphic ellipse. This is similar to a circle, but the vertical radius is longer than the horizontal radius or vice versa.
A graphic shape created by drawing a freehand sketch.
A graphic rectangle with rounded edges. Adjust how round the edges are on the Placement tab of the Element Pane.
A graphic triangle.
A graphic right triangle.
A graphic half circle.
A graphic cross.
A graphic X-shape.
A graphic cloud.
A straight line with an arrowhead. The default line symbol is used with a marker arrowhead added at the end.
A Bezier curve with an arrowhead. The default line symbol is used with a marker arrowhead symbol added at the end.
A straight line with two arrowheads. The default line symbol is used with marker arrowheads added at each end.
Curved Double Arrow
A Bezier curve with two arrowheads. The default line symbol is used with a marker arrowhead added at each end.
You can also add dynamic text elements that update automatically to your layout. To learn more about dynamic text, see What is dynamic text? and Add and modify dynamic text.
Keep last tool active
By default, after you add a graphic, text, or picture to the layout, the application switches to selection mode so you can modify your graphic. If you plan to add more than one of each element to the layout, you can choose to keep the last tool active and continue adding graphics, text, pictures, or other layout elements rather than switching to selection mode.
To keep the last tool active, expand the Graphics and Text gallery on the Insert tab and choose Keep last tool active. Now, when you add an element, the tool remains active and you can continue adding the element.
Text, lines, polygons, and points are added using a default symbol. After adding the elements, they can be modified and the symbol can be changed. To set the default symbol for each element type, see Set the default properties for text and graphic elements.