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Mike, I'll give that a shot. As I was poking around I saw the reference
scale, but didn't know what it did. Also, for some reason my help file
doesn't work. I bought the $60 Learn ArcGis 9.1 from ESRI Press which
came with a 180-day trial, so I wonder if that's why the help file
doesn't load, or maybe the installation just went awry.

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I did a few searches and found a few comments but not what I needed... also tried Google to no avail.

ArcMap 9.1

1)
Why don't the labels and markers size relatively? Is there an option I
am missing? I want to export a national map at a high resolution, with
1500+ point locations (with labels if possible) but at 600+dpi, the
markers and text show up HUGE when zoomed in fully.

2) Why does
the extent of the display window determine the extent of the exported
map? I could get around #1 if I could just zoom in to the level I
wanted (getting the appropriate marker/label sizes) but then export
beyond the display window...

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Sounds
like you are talking about a reference scale. Whatever you set the
reference scale at will be what your labels and symbols will be scaled
relative to it. As you zoom in and out, it will scale accordingly. You
can do a search in the help to learn more about the reference scale in
ArcMap. To set it, right click on the data frame and select Properites.
On the General tab, you can enter the reference scale.


During
export, you have the option to clip the output to the graphic extent.
This will basically clip your map to whatever page size you have in
your layout view. If you don't check that option (at the bottom of the
export map window), it will export to the extent of your map.




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