Labels Configuration

The Labels section of Vector Display Configuration allows for the customized placement, display, default font, and character set for vector layer labels.


Enable Feature Labels

Turn on labels for all features that have labels set. This turns labeling of features on globally. For more fine-grained control over which types are labeled, check the Area Styles, Line Styles, or Point Styles sections, or go to the Layer Options.

Display all labels

This option specifies whether or not feature labels should be allowed to overlap when drawing them on the screen. When this option is not checked (this is the default), labels that collide with other labels on the screen will be discarded until you zoom far enough in on the feature so that they can be displayed without overlapping any other labels.

Hide Extra Label Text Displayed Under Road Icons

This option allows you to control whether or not any extra text displayed below road icons, like alternate names for the road, are displayed.

Hide Labels that are Partially Off-screen

This option allows you to hide any feature labels that don't entirely fit on the screen. This can be useful when exporting vector data to a raster format and also gridding the export into multiple pieces. This option should allow a seamless result in that case.

Anchor Line Label to Longest Segment, Regardless of Visibility

When selected , this option forces labels for line features to always be placed in the center of the longest segment of the line, regardless of whether it is on-screen or not. Checking this can prevent your line labels from jumping around as you zoom in and out, but can result in a lot of unlabeled lines if you zoom in too far.

Only Display Area Labels when Completely Inside Area

This option allows you to easily disable the display of any area label when that label is not completely contained within the area feature that it is labeling. This is useful to keep area labels from displaying until you are zoomed in far enough on the area for a label to be appropriate.

Use DOS Character Set for Default Label Fonts

If selected , this option specifies that default display label fonts should use the OEM character set (code page 437) rather than the ANSI character set (code page 1252). This option can be helpful if you are having problem with accented characters not displaying correctly from some data sets (those data sets encoded in code page 437 rather than 1252).

Default Font and Character Set

Set Default Font Face

Specify what font face should be used for all feature label displays where the font has not been explicitly set to something else for the feature.

Set Default Font Character Set

Specify what character set should be used for fonts (that are still set to the default for their type). Change this to allow default display of non-European character sets, like Cyrillic (Russian) or Japanese.