Pitney Bowes
MapInfo Pro™ Monthly Journal
Easy Tip: The Basics of Labeling

ez tip Labeling is important to provide interpretation, description and context for your maps. This article covers the basics on using automatic labels (in Layer Control) and placing individual labels on a map, using the Label tool.

Figure 1: StreetPro United Kingdom map, labels add meaning to the map. Map data is StreetPro UK © TomTom BV

MapInfo Professional has a complete solution to your labeling requirements. Two quick ways of applying labels to either a layer or an individual feature on your map are:

    • Automatic labels
    • Label tool in Main Toolbar
1) Automatic Labels

 Labels for an entire layer can be turned on/off by clicking icon icon in layer control properties panel (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Setting automatic label on for a layer

The label will be shown as per the properties (Figure 3) set by the user in 'Label Display' and 'Labeling Rules' menu of layer control properties.

Figure 3: MapInfo Professional Layer properties showing label display and labeling rules. These options are applied to an entire layer at once.

2) The Label tool

Labels can also be assigned to individual feature type using the Label icon button on the Main toolbar (Figure 5).

Figure 4: Label tool in Main toolbox

After the labels are placed they can be moved, edited and deleted.

Figure 6 illustrates changing font style for just one of the labels in a layer. It is possible to select multiple labels and change them as well.

Figure 6: Use the Select tool (Main toolbar) to move, delete or edit the text style of our labels. You can also double click to work with a single label.

When you have finished working on your labels be sure to save a workspace!

Article by Piyush Trika, Senior Data Specialist, Data Development, Noida

When not writing articles for the MapInfo Professional journal, Piyush loves to explore ways to innovate with diverse geospatial data and its utilization, read lifestyle and health articles/magazines and cooking.