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About setting label ranking
The Ranking dialog box allows you to specify the relative importance of the in your map. You can arrange the priority ranking order to place labels from more important label classes on the map before other label classes. Placing a label class earlier in the labeling process means that more of the labels from that class will be placed in the available space.
The Ranking dialog box allows you to specify how important it is to avoid covering features with labels. For polygon features, you can specify different weights for the interior and the boundary of the features. Label weights can be between 0 and 1,000, with higher values indicating more important features that should have a lower chance of being hidden by a label.
You can also set weights for the graphics and stored in your map document.
How to set label ranking
Setting the label priority ranking
Setting the label weight ranking
- Click the Label Priority Ranking button on the Labeling toolbar.
- Click the label class or classes that you want to move up or down in the priority ranking.
- You can select more than one label class at a time. Press Ctrl, then click to select nonadjacent label classes, or press Shift, then click to select blocks of adjacent label classes.
- Click the Up or Down arrows to move the selected label classes up or down in the priority ranking.
- Click OK.
- Click the Ranking button on the Labeling toolbar.
- Click in the column for a feature layer and type a weight between 0 and 1,000. Higher values will tend to repel labels, and features with values of 0 will be considered blank space for placing labels.
- Optionally, for polygon features, click in the Polygon Boundary Weight column for a feature layer and type a weight between 0 and 1,000.
- Optionally, click the Show dropdown list and click Graphic Layers. You can set weight ranks for the annotation groups stored in the map document.
- Click OK.
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