GIS Cookbook: Cartographic Design - Adding Text or a Title to a Layout 
Keywords: Presentation, finishing, printing, cartographic elements, layouts, text, title, captions
Category: Cartographic Design
Software: ArcView 3.2

Problem: How do I add text to my map?

Description: Your map is in the Layout format and you would like to add some text (e.g. title, credits, date, etc.).
Note:For help on getting your map into the Layout format, refer to recipe Shortcut to moving your map into the presentation stage (using a template)

1) In the Layout view, click and hold the third to last button on the layout tool bar, this will access the text menu.

Text Icon Toolbar

2) Select the Text Button of your choice.

3) Now use the cursor and click on the area to which you would like to add text.

4) The Text Properties window will appear. Type the text you would like to disply in the window and click Ok .

Text Properties Window

5) To change the size, color, and/or font of the text, highlight the text with your mouse and then hold down Control P to bring up the palette window.

Text Palette

Now modify the text to your liking using the palette tools. If you have the correct text selected, but the text color will not change when you click to change it using the palette, please refer to See Pitfall 1

Text Palette Color Pitfall

6) You should now be able to see text in the style you chose from the palette. Now you may move the text to the appropriate location by clicking on the text box, holding down the mouse button, and dragging it to the desired location on your map.

Text inserted

7) You can repeat these steps as many times as you'd like.

Note: You can edit your text or change the angle your text is displayed by double clicking on the text itself.
Authored by: Benjamin N. Sprague Modified: 9/11/03

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Cookbook: Ben Sprague, Ethan Sundilson, Carlin Wong, Sam Ying