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Customizing Labels

When you're adding text and labels to several themes in a view, you can save time by editing the default settings for ArcView's Text and Label tools. By customizing text and label color and font defaults, you control how they appear when you add them to a view, and you avoid having to do a lot of subsequent editing. The Default Settings for Text and Label Tools dialog is accessed by choosing Text and Label Defaults from the Graphics menu.

To change the settings for a particular tool, click on the tool's icon on the left side of the dialog, then uncheck the Use Symbol Window settings for text check box. The dialog will change to show the options for the tool you've selected. For example, the top graphic below shows the default settings for the callout text tool, and the bottom graphic shows the default settings for the generic square highway shield.

When you specify default settings for a particular label or text tool, those settings will be used when you apply the tool in the view. If you want to change font or other settings after you've added text to the view, you can double-click on the label or text to display the Symbol Window, then edit the label's appearance using the options in the palettes


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