Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Turning on labels through ArcPy

The Layer object in the ArcPy module allows python developers to turn on labels of a feature class on and off at run time.  This is especially helpful if you are exporting maps and you want to control what Layers are labeled.
Example: Turning on Labels
import arcpy
from arcpy import mapping
fc = r"c:\temp\fc.shp"
tempLayer = "tempLayer"
arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management(fc, tempLayer)
#   Make the Layer Object
layer = mapping.Layer(tempLayer)
layer.showLabels = True
#   Show the changes in ArcMap
del layer