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    Matt Bull
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    I'm working with a township grid, and I want to label each polygonin the grid in the center and only in the center, regardless of how much of the polygon is visible in the data frame. I'm sure there is a simple way of doing it with the labelling properties, but I can't figure out how to do it. All the maps I've made have small portions of a township visible along the edge of the data frame and ArcMap labels that small portion. It doesn't look very good and doesn't conform to the mapping standards I'm currently working with.

    Anyone have any ideas of how to do this?

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    Jon Morris
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    Hi Matthew,

    You need to use the 'Fixed position within polygon' option (assuming you are not placing curved labels - it is only available for horizontal or straight). Set the center zone to priority 1, and all other zones to zero. Then labels will only place if the center of the polygon is within the visible extent. As you are labeling grid squares, this should work ok - the label will go unplaced if the geometric center of the polygon is outside the polygon bounds (e.g. Florida).
    Jon Morris
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    Matt Bull
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    Excellent Jon, that worked perfectly. I knew there had to be an easy way to do it, seems I didn't dig quite deep enough in the labelling properties.

    Thanks!

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    Jon Morris
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    No problem. Don't forget to mark the post as answered if you are happy :-)
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