Label Tool Settings

The Type and Preview panel defines the labeling options for elements. A preview is available if you have selected a symbol label.
Text: If you choose this option, ARCHICAD will place the Default Text defined in the Text Label Panel of Label Settings. (See Text Label Panel.)
ID: If you choose this option, the Label will contain the ID of the associated element. Changing the ID field of the selected element will update the Label, too.
Unique ID: Each ARCHICAD element has a globally unique, automatically generated ID which is conserved throughout the life of the Project. If you choose this option, the Label will contain this unique ID; however, this unique ID is not accessible or editable by the user.
Note: If your Geometry Method is set to Independent (not associative), then the ID or Unique ID label will be placed as a Text label, without any element-specific information.
Symbol Labels available from your current Library. Use these labels to display element-specific parameters.
Load Other Label: Click to load Labels from other locations.
The Preview is available for Symbol Labels only.
The Always Readable option (on by default) means that the program will automatically “flip” the text to make it legible on screen (as opposed to upside down) regardless of the view’s orientation. This automatic “flip” occurs if the text is at an angle between 90 and 270 degrees.
Wrap Text: This checkbox “locks” the width of a placed text block (including those placed as non-breaking text blocks) so that if you add text that would extend beyond the text block margin, it will wrap to the next line.
Note: If you leave this box unchecked, the text block size is determined by the length of the text it contains.
Opaque: Check this box if you want a background color for your label that differs from the screen’s background color. Checking the box activates the pencolor selection settings at right: open the pop-up palette to choose a color.
Frame: Check or uncheck the checkbox to display your Label text box with or without a frame.
Text Offset: If desired, offset the Frame from the text by entering an offset value in the field at right.
Click the Pointer button to activate a Pointer line for this Label.
Note: If you are using a symbol Label with a Leader Line/Frame defined in the Custom Settings Panel, then you must deactivate this Pointer button in order to use the script-defined Leader Line and Label head.
Define a Line type and Pencolor for the Pointer.
Connection Point: Choose where the pointer line should connect with the label: in the middle, at the top or at the bottom; or at the bottom with the text underlined.
Choose whether the pointer should be straight, curved, or inverted.
Enter the Pointer Starting Angle using a value from 0 to 90 (the default is 90 degrees).
Relative to Orientation (the angle will be measured relative to the Oriented View -
Absolute to Coordinate System (the angle will be measured from the (0,0) point of the project coordinates).
Note: The Lock Angle control affects the range of graphical editing. If it is ON, the Pointer Line’s starting angle remains fixed, limiting the edit possibilities.
Enter the size of the Arrowhead points (imperial units) or mm (metric units).
Hide Arrowhead from: Check this box if you want to hide the pointer line arrowheads on views which exceed a certain scale (enter the desired scale in the field to the right).
The Symbol Label panel of Label Settings is only active if you have selected a Symbol Label on the Content and Preview panel.
Use symbol color: Display the Symbol Label using the color defined in its GDL script. (If you prefer to use the color you define in the Label Settings Pointer panel, leave this unchecked.)
As for all other GDL Object type elements, the Custom Settings panel is only active if the chosen Label object contains a user interface script.
Use the Default Text field to enter a default text and define the Label’s orientation relative to the associated element.
Note: Favorites of the Text tool can be applied to the text-type items in Dimensions and Labels, and to Fill Text.
The Parallel method always places the Labels parallel to the labeled elements.
The Vertical method always places the Labels vertically. The text is read from bottom to top.
The Horizontal method always places the Labels horizontally.
The Custom method places the Labels at the angle you define in the edit field next to it.
Relative to Orientation (the angle will be measured relative to the Oriented View)
Absolute to Coordinate System (the angle will be measured from the (0,0) point of the project coordinates).
If Fixed Angle is checked, you can also check the Optimize Position box. This means that ARCHICAD will reposition the Label’s arrow if it ends up in an awkward position after the Label is moved or if the view is rotated.
Hide with Associated Element: By default, a Label will be hidden if its associated element is hidden (e.g. on a hidden layer). To display the Label regardless of whether its associated element is visible, uncheck this box.