Creating curved annotation

  1. Click an annotation feature template in the Create Features window.
  2. Click the Curved construction tool Curved on the Create Features window.
  3. TipTip:

    The default construction tool becomes active as soon as you click a feature template on the Create Features window. You can change the default construction tool by double-clicking a feature template in the Create Features window and updating the Default Tool property.

  4. Type the text of the new annotation feature into the text box on the pop-up Annotation Construction window.

    If you want the text string to come from an attribute of an existing feature on the map, click Find Text and click the feature, or press CTRL+W over a feature. Find Text populates the text box with a text expression from a feature under the cursor position. If the target is a standard annotation feature class, the text is based on the label expression of the layer containing the first visible and selectable feature. With a feature-linked annotation feature class, the text is derived only from a feature in the origin feature class. If no suitable target is found, the string reverts to the word Text.

  5. Use the Annotation Construction window to change the formatting of the text, such as the font, size, and symbol. Click Toggle Formatting Options to show additional settings. You can also enter text formatting tags with the text string, allowing you to change the appearance of just a part of the text.
  6. Click where you want to start the curved annotation.
  7. Click to add vertices to define the baseline of the curved annotation feature.
  8. Double-click to finish the sketch and place the annotation.

    The annotation is placed along the baseline.

    Curved annotation

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