Adding a legend to layout in MapInfo Pro

Products affected: MapInfo Pro™
MapInfo Pro (32-bit):
1. With the Map window active, select Map > Create Legend.
2. Click on the Frame tool on the Drawing toolbar.
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3. In the Layout Window, click and drag a frame to the desired size.
4. Select the legend window from the pull-down list. Shrink or drag frame if the legend is not displayed correctly. Double-click on the frame to modify its properties if necessary.

MapInfo Pro (64-bit):

1. Open a blank layout from Layout > New Layout and choose a layout template (Note: Pro 17.0 introduced Layout Templates).
2. Go to Layout > Insert > Frames > New Frame and draw a frame on the layout to hold the mapper.
3. Go to Layout > Map and choose  New Map, or  Existing Map if one is listed and add the Map to the frame.
4. For a new Map, Activate the Map in the frame by either double-clicking or right-clicking > Activate and the Frame will turn blue to indicate the mapper is       activated.
Now go to Map > Add Theme to thematically shade the Mapper in the layout frame and legend will be created in the layout.
5. Select Finish, or step through the wizard.

When a map is embedded in a Layout window, any legends created for the map are also placed in the same Layout window. 

A legend can be added to the layout after the map is in the Layout window.
To add a map legend to a layout that already contains a map:
1. Activate the Map within the Layout window by double-clicking on the map frame or right-click and select Activate. Once activated, the map frame will be outlined in blue.
2. Select MAP tab > Add to Map > Add Legend. 
3. Select the required layers and click OK.

For a detailed descriptions of the options in the wizard, click Help in the wizard.

By default, the legend is beside the map in the Layout window. A legend has separate legend frames for each layer on the map. This lets users customize the legend to show only the information for those layers that are important to what the map conveys. By showing some legend frames and not others and by changing the map title and legend text, one can use identical maps to create two very different layouts. This is useful when the same map is used for two different audiences.

A legend can be deleted from a legend frame from a layout by selecting it and pressing the Delete key.
To add a layer to a legend, because a the legend frame was deleted or the legend did not include the layer when creating the legend, follow the steps in this section and select the layer to be added in the Create Legend wizard.

(A second legend cannot be created in a layout for the same map layer.)

Removing a layer from a map deletes the legend for that layer.

Editing a Legend in a Layout Window

A map legend in a Layout window is made up of individual legend frames that are each unique to a layer on the map. To customize the map legend, 
edit the contents of the legend frames to support the design of the final map and to clearly communicate the map contents to the reader.

Each legend frame may have a title and subtitle.  The label text can be edited, as can the font size and style.
Users also have control over how to the labels are sorted.

To edit the contents and display of a legend frame:

  1. Double-click on the legend frame to open the Legend Frame Properties dialog box.
  2. Change or remove the title. Optionally add a subtitle, change the display of the labels and the sample size. For a detailed description of the dialog options, click Help.

    For some legend themes, one can control the order of the rows in the legend (by ascending, descending, or customizing the order), and show or hide the count beside each row.

  3. Repeat the previous steps for each legend frame that one wishes to change in a layout.

To have more than one column in a legend frame, either set the number of columns in the Legend Frame Properties dialog box or resize the legend frame.

To modify how a thematic legend displays, right-click on it and select Modify Legend's Thematic Map to open the Modify Thematic Map dialog box. Users can then customize the display properties of the thematic map legend. This option is only available on a thematic map legend frame.

For a demonstration of these steps, please watch this video:

UPDATED:  December 2, 2019