Street maps often show address ranges for the properties on each side of the street. Address range data is usually stored in Address from left, Address from right, Address to left, and Address to right fields. These can be concatenated into two labeling classes, Address to and Address from, with the two fields entered into a label in the format left/right (for example, 1/2). The slash (/) is used to force stacking, and the two numbers appear on either side of the street. If one label out of the stacked pair cannot be placed or is not present, the other label will still be placed in its correct position.
The Maplex Label Engine's Street Address Placement allows only one placement position for the label: straight and centered on the line. You can set a label offset for address range labels to control their placement along the street relative to street junctions. You can also set a tolerance that will allow the label the freedom to move farther into the street in order to be placed.
The image below shows the streets labeled with their address ranges using the Street Address Placement style.
- Enable the Maplex Label Engine.
- Click the Label Manager button on the Labeling toolbar.
- Check the box next to the layer you want to label.
- Choose a label class under the layer.
- Choose Street Address Placement from the line label placement style drop-down list.
- Click OK to close all dialog boxes.
The label position can change when you select the Street Address Placement style. This is because only the straight and centered on line position is available for this placement style.